This summer I have seen what I think is some kind of fruit fly that I have...

Asked September 18, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

This summer I have seen what I think is some kind of fruit fly that I have never seen before in my yard in southern MD. It is about 1/2 cm long with a black/brown 3-part body and translucent wings with black splotches across them. It holds its wings out flat and angled back like a jet plane. It has small stubby antennae. I have not seen these insects on any plants, but mainly on the siding on the west side of our house; in groups of 4 to 5. What is this insect?

Montgomery County Maryland insect identification picture-winged flies

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The insect in the photo looks like a picture-winged fly. These flies are named for their banded or spotted wings. There are many species. The larvae of most are scavengers that feed on decaying organic matter, but a few are plant feeders.