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Alder Fly

Alder Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe alderfly begins life as larvae in water sources (water sources can be either calm or active). These larvae are noted for their length and multiple leg pairs as well as protrusions that appear as legs but serve as gills. The larvae lie in ambush and prey on other insect larvae and waterborne invertebrates. Read More….



Anthomyiid Fly

Anthomyiid Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe Anthomyiid flies are small to medium-sized and are usually yellow, brown, gray or blackish. They have a well-developed calypter at the base of each wing, the wings are sometimes clouded with a gray or brown color and the legs are yellowish to black. Read More….



Black Fly

Black Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe adult Black Fly females are blood feeders and are often serious pests, just go fishing when they are out and you will know what l mean. Livestock has died from being bitten by a large number of black flies. They also transmit diseases to wildlife in North America, and to humans in other parts of the world. Read More….



Blow Fly

Blow Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe name blow fly comes from the bloated condition of the rotting animal carcasses that their larvae, known as maggots, infest. The most frequent species found under these conditions is the common blowfly. The adult blow flies, on the other hand, feed primarily on flower nectar, plant sap, and other sugary materials. Read More….



Brown Fly

Brown Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe Brown Fly does not have teeth or a stinger. Their mouths absorb food like a sponge. They can only eat liquids but they can turn many solid foods into a liquid through spitting or vomiting on it. Their tongues are shaped like straws so they can suck up their food. Read More….



Crane Fly

Crane Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe Crane fly are mostly found in damp situations where there is abundant vegetation, although some are found in dry grassland habitats and even deserts, there are many crane flies in the Pacific Northwest, sometimes, in the fall, we could have up to 50 at one time in our house. Read More….



Deer-Horse Fly

Horse Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe female Deer-Horse Fly are bloodsucking and the bites can be very painful. They can be serious pests of livestock and humans. The males are found on flowers and feed only on nectar and pollen. The adults are often seen around swamps, marshes, and ponds. Read More….



Flower Fly

Flower Fly, Vancouver Island, BCFlower flies are small to large flies that are very slender to robust. Most are brightly colored and many look like bees or wasps, but they do not sting. They have large eyes that cover almost the entire head. There are many types of flower flies in the Pacific Northwest. Read More….



Greenback Fly 

Greenback Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThere are more than 100,000 different species of flies including the greenback fly. They are found everywhere in the world, even in Antarctica. They belong to the order of insects called Diptera which means two wings. Most insects have 4 wings. Read More…. 



Green Bottle Fly

Green Bottle Fly, Vancouver Island, BCGreen bottle flies are slightly larger than houseflies. They are brilliant, metallic blue-green in color with black markings, bristle-like hair and three cross grooves on the thorax. The wings of the green bottle fly are clear and are veined in brown, while the legs and antennae are black. Read More….



Hover Fly

Hover Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe Hoverfly belongs to a large family of small to big flies. They are true flies or Diptera, with only one pair of wings. Hoverflies have spots, bands or stripes, of yellow, brown against a dark-colored background, sometimes with dense hair covering the body surface. Read More….



March Fly

March Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe larvae of the March Fly lives in the soil and feed on decaying organic matter and plant roots. The adults are important plant pollinators. Adults are most abundant in spring and early summer when they are often seen over fields and other open areas. Read More….




Mosquito, Vancouver Island, BCThe female Mosquito are blood feeders and can transmit many diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. The males feed on nectar. Larvae are aquatic and occur in ponds, pools, tree holes, and in artificial containers that have standing water. Read More….



Mydas Fly

Mydas Fly, Vancouver Island, BCMydas flies are true flies belonging to order Diptera and family mydidae. While the number of species classified within mydidae is fewer than 400 species, this family of insects occurs worldwide. Read More….



Onion Fly

Onion Fly, Vancouver Island, BCThe onion fly passes the winter in the soil in a maggot stage called the pupae. Pupae are brownish in color, oval and slightly larger than a grain of wheat. As soon as the weather warms up in spring, the pupae develop into adults which emerge in mid to late May in the onion growing areas of B.C. Read More….



Robber Fly

Robber Fly, Vancouver Island, BCAdult robber flies are predators of other flying insects. They attack a variety of insects, even those that are larger than themselves. They insert their short but strong proboscis into the insects to suck their body fluids. Some of the larger species can give a painful bite if handled. Read More….



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