This 3/4 ” insect was on a leaf of a plant in our back yard pond approximately 12″ above the water. It’s coloring was very bright green with black on each of the 4 sections of it’s abdomen with reddish eyes. The back of the thorax was mottled brown with black. The wings were almost translucent, tinged reddish brown. It’s belly was solid bright green. Very fast flyer.
I’d love help with identifying this insect as I’ve not been able to find it online (yet). It didn’t buzz or seem aggressive like a bee/wasp and is the only one we’ve seen. (Keller Texas)
Yes, as you learned it is Odontomyia cincta. If you have a great photo like that, bugguide is a great place to post insects to get ID’ed.
These flies are really cool looking!
For anyone else who might see one, they are found in spring and early summer in North America near woodlands and meadows that have water nearby.
Adults feed on nectar from flowers like butterfly weed, asters, yarrow, black-eyed Susan, and goldenrod.
According to an Ohio study eggs are laid on reeds, stalks or dead branches in the water. The larvae are found crawling over the mud or living in plant debris near water.