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Colorful fly seeks ID - Wohlfahrtia vigil

Colorful fly seeks ID - Wohlfahrtia vigil
Riley Wilderness Park, Coto De Caza, Orange County, California, USA
March 14, 2007
Is this a muscid, possibly Stomoxys calcitrans? Pattern on abdomen seems similar, but colors don't. There have been many of these flies out this week. They are quite wary, but don't fly terribly far when startled. Typically, they land directly on the trail, or on plants a few inches high.

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Moved
Moved from Wohlfahrtia.

 
Thanks, John
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Moved
Moved from Flies.

Flesh
My first thought on this one would be Sarcophagidae, Flesh Fly, based on the bright red eyes that are not very close together, the gray and black striped thorax, and the checkered abdomen. Admittedly, some of the other Muscid-type flies are similar.

 
Thanks, Stephen
Good info, particularly the part about the eyes.I wondered about the spacing.

 
Wohlfartia?
This looks very similar to the genus Wohlfartia, which is indeed in the family Sarcophagidae. I think we have some images in the guide already you can compare to.

 
Bingo!
Thanks, Eric. I had some trouble finding the images, but you've nailed it. In the process of digging around, I found another of my posts on what has turned out to be the same critter. So double bingo!

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