Diptera (Flies)- Rhagionidae (Snipe Flies)-Chrysopilus thoracicus (Golden-backed Snipe Fly)
Genus name Chrysopilus means “golden-hair” and thoracicus refers to the golden patch on the thorax, presumably.
Range Eastern North America
Habitat Deciduous woodlands
Season Spring. April-May (North Carolina).
Food Adults are alleged to be predatory on other insects, but they may feed little (observations by BugGuide members).
Life Cycle Details unknown. This fly is observed in early to mid-spring perched quietly on low vegetation in deciduous woodlands.
Remarks The coloration (dark wings, gold thorax)is perhaps mimicry of a hymenopteran. Another Chrysopilus species (see Milne and Milne, below) appears to be a very good hymenopteran mimic, with a prominently striped abdomen.