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    Picture-Winged Fly - (Delphinia picta)

    The family of Picture-Winged Flies is filled with bold, flashy and striking members and Delphinia picta is no exception.

    Staff Writer (8/17/2017): Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Flies. Its wings are mostly black, but they bear solid white stripes and spots on them. The body, by contrast, is a lighter brown or flesh color. Its eyes are a pinky-rose color.

    Females will deposit hundreds of fertilized eggs using an ovipositor, a syringe-like tail. The eggs are placed inside very rotten fruit, vegetable or flower matter. Within a week, they will hatch and the larvae (maggots) will feed on the remains of the plant matter surrounding them. Though most larvae will pupate and emerge as adults in the same year, the larvae can overwinter in deeper ground and complete their aging process the subsequent spring.

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    Picture-Winged Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Picture-Winged Fly
    Scientific Name: Delphinia picta

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Ulidiidae
           Genus: Delphinia
            Species: picta

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 9mm (0.20in to 0.35in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white, pink, yellow, brown

    Additional Descriptors: flying, striped, flesh-tone, spotted, bands, fast,

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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