Saturday, August 23, 2008

Peacock Fly


I assume this is one of the large Fruit flies (maybe Tephritidae ?).
The Tephritidae are also known as Peacock Flies due to the wing pattern.
I haven't had any luck in my field guides, so I need a little help with the identification.

Update: May be Ulidiidae or a 'picture-winged fly'.
Update to the Update: Probably Rivellia - a Signal Fly

Probably Rivellia

It was maybe 1/4" inch in length.
Some of these are known as Peacock or even Picture-winged flies due to the wing pattern.

I wish I had paid more attention to the size.
(Note to self: Buy a small digital Pocket Recorder.)

It was photographed at the Ft. Worth Nature Refuge, Ft. Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA.
I just posted it on Bug Guide here. For comments on ID, go to the link.



Cath said...

That is a FAT fruit fly, in my expert opinion.

Brilliant shot. Cute critter. Fat, but cute.

Hugh Griffith said...

Wow. BB-butt! It has the most spherical abdomen I've ever seen.

(But the stripes on the wings are slimming.)

Louise said...

No clue from here, but love the wings on this thing! Wonderful capture of the mystery bug.

Anonymous said...

Very cool! I love insects!

Rambling Woods said...

I was just going to suggest Nice shot!

Kelly said...

That is a big fruit fly! Wow!

Pat - Arkansas said...

That's a chubby little critter! You have good eyes, and a great lens! :)

Anonymous said...

I didn't know there were other kinds of fly aside from the common house fly. =) It looks cute, though.

My critter is here. Hope you can stop by if you have the time. Happy weekends!

Marvin said...

The pattern on the wings definitely looks like a picture-winged fly, but I've never seen one with a body shaped like that. I've subscribed to the post on BugGuide. We'll see if anyone comes up with a more firm ID. Nice capture.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Such a rotund little abdomen!

Daryl said...

I was going to suggest you look at

BUT they have a message up that they're swamped and cant reply ..


i beati said...

lots of great critters sandy

Misty DawnS said...

I've got a best pal who IDs all my bugs for me, and I talk to him every day - he had to go somewhere today, but he'll be back, and I'm going to leave this post up to remind me to ask him what he thinks :-) That's the great thing about blogging - you enter a community and everyone wants to help everyone. ;-)

Ashrunner said...

It's wing markings are those of a Picture Wing Fly, but I haven't seen a red bodied one before. Then again, I haven't seen everything...yet 8v)

Excellent photo though. Nice detail, the works.

Michael Palmer said...

As best as I can tell, and you know I have extensive training, those wing things, size, segmentation - I think its a bug, a flying one at that. That is my story and I am sticking to it! Next