Snipe Fly

Let's Go on a Snipe Hunt

The golden-backed snipe fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus) is one of the most beautiful insects you'll run across in Ohio forests.   Both the common and scientific names are very descriptive for this native fly.  The top of the thorax (= the "back") is covered in highly reflective golden colored hairs; "Chysopilus" means "golden hair."  The fly's body and wing veins are bluish-black and the abdomen has lateral white markings.


Little appears to be known regarding the fly's life-style.  The adults have been observed visiting the flowers of a number of native plants,...

Published on
Joe Boggs