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Green Beefly ? - Odontomyia cincta - male

Green Beefly ? - Odontomyia cincta - Male
Manteca, San joaquin County, California, USA
August 25, 2007
Size: 1/2 "
I had to use the flash since the sun was going down , but you can see how pretty his green color is . I love finding new bugs , especially in my own yard which is very small ... it makes me wonder what is beyond this small plot of land . I enjoy hiking , but am held back for now because of spine problems and nerve pain , but hope to get better soon and explore more than just my yard and small town ! Any help in identification will be exciting news , thanks , Beth ... the shutterbug

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Green Beefly ? - Odontomyia cincta - male Green Beefly ? - Odontomyia cincta - male

Moved from Soldier flies.

Odontomyia cincta
Odontomyia cincta...this is a male

Hi, Beth. Pretty sure it's a soldier fly

Bee flies, like this pretty common Villa, are typically fuzzy and generally hold their wings at about a 90 degree angle to each other:

Soldier fly
Thanks Ron , I won't call everything that looks part fly a Beefly anymore since it finally sunk in with your description of one and photo . I guess I was confused by how many names there are that end in the word fly . I have a black Soldier fly in my album and should have realized what this green guy might be since he looks nothing like a Beefly . Thanks again for your expert help , Beth

Good re: bee fly recognition
Glad the photo helped. Generally, if "fly" is part of one word, like dragonfly, the critter isn't a fly. If separate, like bee fly, it is.

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