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Peacock fly - Callopistromyia annulipes

Peacock fly - Callopistromyia annulipes
Paddy Knob, ~4200' elevation, Bath County, Virginia, USA
June 17, 2005
Size: ~ 3/8"
Similar to Callopistromyia annulipes at

How cool!!
I've never seen or heard of these. That is the neatest looking fly I've ever seen!

Guide page, Callopistormyia annulipes
Neat critter--I'll have to watch for it. I did some quick research, and this is a small genus, this is probably the same species you had before.

I wrote a guide page for Callopistormyia annulipes.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Couldn't find this in any search engine until I noticed a spelling error. It is CallopisTROmyia, not CallopiSTORmyia! Also, I need to know who identified this, as we have an image of this critter for the field guide that I had placed in a genus of Tephritidae.

ID source Callopistromyia
Sorry about the typo--I had it correct in the guide page, just mis-typed it in the comment this morning.

This image, posted by John Fox previously:

was identified by BugGuide member Gary J. Steck, Curator of Diptera, Florida State Collection of Arthropods. See his BugGuide page for contact information.

Cute little flies--I'll have to keep my eyes out for them.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Thank you!
Wow, I can't believe how much the wing pattern resembles that fruit fly that I thought it was! Greatly appreciate the information, and I'll ask Gary more about this whole family. Thanks again so much.

Thanks Patrick
The cryptic pattern seemed to defeat the autofocus. Not a single picture was sharp even though the fly was very obliging. I'll try manual focus if I get another chance.


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