A Few New Mexico Insects: Flies



Flies are so much more than house flies and horseflies. The few examples shown on this page are organized alphabetically by family, genus, and possibly species. If you see an error, please let me know via the contact tab at the top of the page.

Bombyliidae: Bee Fly (Villa)

Bee Fly, Villa, New Mexico
Sandia Mountains, May 2021

According to BugGuide, "This genus has not been reviewed in NA [North America] since Coquillett (1892) and needs revision based on genitalic characters." I'll leave it to someone else to look at the genitalia of the 200+ species of Villa.


Cecidomyiidae: Tumor-Stem Gall Midge (Asphondylia atriplicis)


Cecidomyiidae: Gall Midge (Asphondylia neomexicana)


Cecidomyiidae: Willow Pinecone Gall Midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

Willow Pinecone Gall Midge, Rabdophaga strobiloides, New Mexico
Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, June 2021


Cecidomyiidae: Wooly Bud Gall Midge (Rhopalomyia medusirrasa)

Wooly Bud Gall Midge, Rhopalomyia medusirrasa, Wormwood, Artermisia, New Mexico
Sandia Mountains west foothills, November 2020

These galls are on a species that I have tentatively identified as Artemisia dracunculus. You can see those plants earlier in the growing season by visiting my page on the Aster family and scrolling down. Littlefield and Burns show two images of these galls in the lower right corner of their page on A. dracunculus but don't explain what they are.



Syrphidae: Chrysotoxum


Syrphidae: Hairy-Horned Bromeliad Fly (Copestylum caudatum)


Syrphidae: Hoverfly (Eristalis)


Syrphidae: American Hoverfly (Eupeodes americanus)

American Hoverfly, Eupeodes americanus, New Mexico
On Maximilian Sunflower, Albuquerque, October 2020


Syrphidae: Broad-Headed Marsh Fly (Helophilus latifrons)


Syrphidae: Hoverfly (Paragus haemorrhous)

Paragus haemorrhous, hoverfly, New Mexico
On Horsetail Milkweed, Albuquerque, August 2020

The long, thin abdomen on this hoverfly, compared to many other fly species, makes it look just a bit like a wasp.


Tachinidae: bee-like Tachinid Fly (Hystricia?)

My photos show some tachinid flies with yellow abdomens, others with red ones. No idea what the difference indicates.


Tephritidae: Rabbitbrush Gall (Aciurina trixa)

Rabbitbrush Gall, Aciurina trixa, New Mexico
Sandia Mountains west foothills, September 2021


Tiplulidae: Crane Fly

Crane flies look like very large mosquitos but are not. Nor do they prey on mosquitos, despite popular names such as "skeeter-eater." During their week and a half to two weeks of life, their main task is to copulate so the female can immediately lay her eggs.


Ulidiidae: Picture-Winged Fly (Chaetopsis)

Picture-Winged Fly, Chaetopsis, New Mexico
Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, August 2020

At first glance this looked like a bee. But not only does it have a fly head, the black and yellow stripes are on the wings not the abdomen.