Not All Flies are Yucky: 10 Most Colorful Flies

Not quite common to many, there are also several species of colorful flies. Check these species of Diptera.

Butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies and others are colorful insects but they are not considered true flies. A true fly is characterized by having a pair of wings like the common house fly, hover fly and a lot more. Most people regard flies as yucky creatures because they are usually found on dirty areas aside from the fact that they transmit lots of deadly diseases. Unknown to many, there are also several species of colorful flies. Check these species of Diptera.

Adejeania Vexatrix

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This colorful insect named Adejeania vexatrix is a species of fly found in western North America from Mexico to Wyoming and British Columbia. The Adejeania genus is monotypic, meaning to say, it has only one species. In addition to its bright orange abdomen and prominent, heavy black setae, this species is noted for its greatly elongated palpi, which stick straight forward from under the fly’s head.

Australian Sheep Blowfly 

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Australian Sheep Blowfly is scientifically named Lucilia cuprina. This beautifully colored species of fly is well-known as a worldwide pest of sheep.


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Perhaps this creature with distinct coloration is one of the most popular and beautiful species of flies. Scientifically known as Simosyrphus grandicornis, an Australasian hoverfly, is the sole member of its genus, and is one of the two most common hoverflies in Australia, alongside Melangyna viridiceps.

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

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This brightly colored but destructive insect is native to the Mediterranean area hence its common name. Ceratitis capitata is commonly known as Mediterranean Fruit Fly or simply Medfly for short. It is a species of fruit fly capable of wreaking extensive damage to a wide range of fruit crops. It has spread invasively to many parts of the world, including Australia and North and South America.

Long-legged Fly 

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This metallic-colored creature belongs to Dolichopodidae family of true flies commonly known as Long-legged Flies with more than 7,000 described species. They are generally fairly small, metallic flies with large, prominent eyes but otherwise they show considerable variation: most have long legs but some do not. The males often have enlarged genitalia which can be useful for species recognition. The adults are predatory on other small animals.

Clubbed General

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Scientifically known as Stratiomys chamaeleon, the Clubbed General, is a species of soldier fly found in continental Europe.

Common Yellow Dung Fly 

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Just hearing or reading the name of this insect and the fact that they are often found on mammal feces, most notably that of horses and cows is already a yucky thing. But despite the name, Scathophaga stercoraria, known as the Common Yellow Dung Fly or sometimes called the Golden Dung Fly, it is a colorful fly. It is one of the most familiar and abundant of flies in many parts of the northern hemisphere.

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Flutter-Wing Fly (Palloptera Umbellatarum)   

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This uniquely colored insect belongs to Pallopteridae commonly known as Flutter-wing Fly. It is also known by other common names such as Trembling-wing Flu and Waving-wing Fly because of the striking vibration of the wings in many species. They are found in the temperate regions of the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Thick-Headed Flies (Conopidae) 

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Yellow and black combination is always regarded as pretty combination by many. This fly resembles the Clubbed General in body coloration. Thick-headed flies are distributed worldwide except for the poles and many of the Pacific islands. About 800 species in 47 genera are described worldwide, approximately 70 of which are found in North America. The majority of conopids is black and yellow, or black and white, and often strikingly resembles wasps, bees, or flies.

Homoneura Hirayamae 

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This colorful insect belongs to Lauxaniidae, a family of acalyptrate flies. The family contains around 1,500 described species distributed worldwide. These are generally small flies (length 5 mm or less) with large compound eyes, often brightly colored in life. Many species have patterned wings.

Bonus Insect

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Certainly, this is not a fly. This is actually a cockroach. This species of cockroach is commonly known as Bush Cockroach. This creature is a manifestation that some cockroaches are also colorful.  

Hope you enjoyed this. Thank you!  

For a related article about flies see

Fantastic, Unique & Weird-looking Flies

For more colorful creatures see:

World’s Most Attractive and Colorful Reptiles

The Worlds Most Colorful Snakes

The Twenty Most Brilliantly Colored Birds in the World

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29 Responses to “Not All Flies are Yucky: 10 Most Colorful Flies”
  1. Unofre Pili Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Flies can be so beautiful after all.

  2. papaleng Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 3:53 am

    there is beauty in every species of life.

  3. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 3:59 am

    What a good article. Those flies are actually quite beautiful.
    Lovely work.


  4. Kate Smedley Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 4:32 am

    I would never have believed flies could be so beautiful. An enjoyable article, thank you.

  5. Melody SJAL Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Wow, they sure look colorful and attractive.

  6. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Wow, so beautiful! They’re colorful too!

  7. Stacey T Pollock Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Wow amazing!

  8. Joe Dorish Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Great stuff!

  9. BC Doan Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 9:23 am

    That is amazing! The photos are fantastic..Great list, Nobert!

  10. Dee Gold Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 9:41 am

    good job

  11. HelloMickey Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

    That’s true. They are colorful but I really don’t like insects. Thick-Headed Flies (Conopidae) is the most beautiful as it looks like a bee. The flies are amazing, they like wearing armors.

  12. PR Mace Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Good to see you, Nobert. Good article but I just don’t like flies.

  13. R J Evans Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Great article, thanks!

  14. Lost in Arizona Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    What an interesting read. I do love bugs, except cockroaches… ahh!

  15. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    wow! That was amazing article abt flies. ..Enjoyed reading. Thnx for sharing

  16. Lex92 Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    great read! thanks1

  17. Loreta Dorington Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    A very unique article. Thanks.

  18. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    They are beautiful to be so pesky.I don’t believe I see any of those here. Maybe your pic’s are blown up till I don’t recognise them.

  19. valli Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Nice list of colorful flies.

  20. amilia snow Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    interesting to know :)

  21. CutestPrincess Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 12:09 am

    haha, ive never seen such a colorful flies like that!

  22. MMV Abad Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I like the thick-headed flies the most.

  23. Yovita Siswati Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 12:42 am

    I have no idea, flies can be that beautiful! I stumble and review.

  24. Edward J Rodrigues Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 2:28 am

    they are beautiful…still scary…

  25. Carolyn Ann Aish Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 4:44 am

    Fascinating. Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing it.

  26. S A JOHNSON Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Wow, I didn’t know there were so many types of flies.

  27. Kheng Says...

    On April 3, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Nobert, I agree that this is a colourful list but am not sure I agree that flies are not yucky! :LOL

    Interesting list and beautiful photography.


  28. imaginearea Says...

    On April 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I’m with Kheng on this one…yes they are colourful, but I am programmed to see all flies as yuky! lol

    Great article…brilliant images.

  29. tHE BESt Says...

    On July 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm


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