06.05.2022 Let me introduce you to my little friend

Off the top of my head, and so far during the time I have been photographing entomology subjects, this is probably my favorite insect, or maybe my favorite fly, and definitely my favorite snipe fly. While visiting Brickyard Conservation Area here in Amherst this morning, I had several opportunities to photograph these Golden-backed Snipe Flies-Chrysopilus thoracicus.

I saw several. Most were in the sun and a bit flighty so even had I brought my diffuser with me chances are they would have flown were I waving it about.  But as I was heading back to the car I came across this one in the woods in even lighting.

The wings are beautiful, the golden mane gorgeous, and it’s just a lovely fly.  Where have you heard a fly called lovely before?

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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35 Responses to 06.05.2022 Let me introduce you to my little friend

  1. Nice takes. I’ve never heard of a snipe fly, much less a golden-backed one.

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  2. Ms. Liz says:

    The stuff of fairy tales.. 🙂

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  3. Todd Henson says:

    Another fascinating bit of good timing. Just a week or so ago I found one of these and photographed it. I had no idea until now what it was, so thanks for that. I thought the golden back looked very much like gold leaf that was almost ready to flake off the back. It really is a beautiful fly.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    The veining on the wings is breathtaking, and the gold accents add a royal touch. It is a beautiful creature, and one I’ve never heard of. It’s interesting how the different shades of green shining through the wings create such different effects.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    The more I look at insects up close, the more fascinating they become. This one is definitely a handsome one, esp. those wings.

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    • People unfortunately think of all bugs as pests to be killed or at least avoided. My neighbor certainly does.But as you know the vast majority are beneficial and harmless and much more important ecologically than we humans.

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  6. picpholio says:

    Indeed a beautiful fly 🙂

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  7. Very impressive shots 😁😁.

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    A beautiful creature indeed, especially with the way you have photographed it, Steve! Amazing to see the wonderful details. 🙂

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  9. Peter Klopp says:

    Flies are pests and carry diseases. But when I look at your photos, I agree with the descriptor ‘lovely.’

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    • Not all flies, Peter. Many are beneficial and some are actually pollinators. Of course there are plenty that are a problem, like mosquitoes, one of which almost put an end to me.


  10. No Chrysopilus thoracicus around here, although we have other raghionids. Beautiful photo of it.

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  11. naturebackin says:

    Very lovely indeed!

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  12. A gold-encrusted fly is very special, indeed. 😊

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  13. bluebrightly says:

    OK, it IS lovely! Thank you for expanding my mind. 😉 Your insect photos are amazing, Steve.

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  14. Very Nice Steve! Great Detail!

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  15. Wally Jones says:

    Outstanding photographs!

    The more I learn about the “lovely flies”, the more I have been seeking them out. On purpose. Hope I can achieve photographs close to this quality.

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    • Thanks, Wally. The more we learn and experience with all of nature the better our appreciation of how it all fits together. And flies deserve their due despite the handful that cause problems. But then humans do some of that too. 🙂


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