Anthrax-Fly by Ginny York
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This is an Anthrax-fly that was on my puppy ramp in my backyard in Amherst, Virginia, USA. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was when I was taking the picture. I originally thought it was a horse fly but have since found out that is not.
Taken with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS on a macro setting.

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ANTHRAX FLY
From Wikipedia

Anthrax is a genus of bombyliid flies, commonly known as “bee-flies” due to their resemblance to bees. Most are dull black flies, and are usually small to medium in size, 0.2–0.8 inches, and many species have striking wing patterns.

Anthrax is a very large genus. While worldwide in distribution, most species are from the Palaearctic and Afrotropic regions. The genus includes species parasitic on tiger beetles – an unusual trait among the bee-flies. Anthrax larvae parasitize bees. Many North American species parasitize solitary wasps.

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  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorover 1 year ago

    Ooooeeeeee! It looks huge!! Great detail, Ginny!

  • Thanks Laurie! It was about twice the size of a large regular fly. I wasn’t sure what it was when I took the shot of it. I’m glad it didn’t decide to bite me. Ewww!! Thanks for adding this to your favs!!

    – Ginny York

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago


    30 July 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thanks so much!

    – Ginny York

  • v-something
    v-somethingover 1 year ago

    Wow Ginny! I love the detail you’ve captured on the wings. Beautiful. Love the description – bloodsucking flies – appeals to the vampire in me :)
    A definite favourite!

  • LOL Vicky! Thank you so much for the fav and for your detailed account of why it appeals to you! Yikes. LOL

    – Ginny York

  • Well…maybe you won’t like this little guy as much anymore Vicky since I found out it isn’t a blood sucker. LOL

    – Ginny York

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks so much for the feature Pops!

    – Ginny York

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  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
  • Thank you Bonita!

    – Ginny York

  • Anna Miarczynska
    Anna Miarczynskaover 1 year ago

    fantastic macro !!! fav!

  • Thank you so much Anna! So glad it didn’t decide to bite me. :))

    – Ginny York

  • v-something
    v-somethingover 1 year ago

    LOL Ginny – I still love it :)
    Congrats on your feature!

  • :)))) Thanks Vicky! :))))

    – Ginny York

  • CarolM
    CarolMover 1 year ago

    Wow Ginny, this is amazing. Very detailed too. I have never seen one of these. Very different looking. Great macro!!

  • Thanks so much Carol! I never saw one before either. I got the camera just about on it…lol At first I thought it was a horse fly, but then I saw one on here that someone else had put on…so I found out what it was. What wings huh?

    – Ginny York

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