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weeveeship's avatar

What insect is this?

Asked by weeveeship (4610points) September 8th, 2010

There are these little flying insects that have recently invaded my desk. Some details:

*They are black in color
*They have wings and can fly
*I don’t think they bite
*They are rather small, about the size of a period on a standard keyboard (Maybe a little bit bigger)

What is that? And is it harmful?

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19 Answers

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

They could be gnats.

woodcutter's avatar

fruit flies?

Coloma's avatar

Yep, maybe fruit flies…maybe you need to clean out your desk. lol

weeveeship's avatar

I don’t think they’re fruit flies. Doesn’t look like the ones here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drosophila_melanogaster

Nullo's avatar

Do they look somewhat triangular, wings and all?

weeveeship's avatar

Sort of. They look just like the period on a standard keyboard.

More details:
* I don’t own any pets
* The insects do not fly very high. They can only fly short distances.

Berserker's avatar

Sounds like fruit flies…go cash in your beer bottles already. :p

Fruit flies move slow, and don’t ever seem to go very high…yet, you can never catch them…And no they don’t bite. Not sure to what extent they can be harmful if you don’t get rid of them though, if that is what they are.

delirium's avatar

Drain flies!
Er, I read nullos post and thought it was the main one. I should go to bed.

Take a close look. Do they have hard outer wings? Do they have visible antennae?

weeveeship's avatar

looks similar to the drain fly but the wingspan is not as wide

Coloma's avatar

Aaah, all the cool life forms, I say set out a bowl of nectar and throw the flies a party!

Nullo's avatar

@delirium That’s them. Drain flies, you say? Thanks!

weeveeship's avatar

Is there like a version of the drain fly that has smaller wings?

Jabe73's avatar

Maybe they are phorid flies. I would google “phorid flies” and look at the pictures to compare. They may be fungus gnats too.

weeveeship's avatar

Bingo. The ones I saw looked exactly like this: http://www.hydro-gardens.com/images/Fungus_Gnat_Size_small.jpg

Well, I cleaned my desk. Hope they’re gone now.

Coloma's avatar

Well, ya know…the best soloution is to keep a small frog in your desk. lol

I have an army of tree frogs that live in my yard, very few bugs.

weeveeship's avatar

pet kermit!

scarabaphile's avatar

@Symbeline fruit flies are not black

scarabaphile's avatar

I think in reality it is impossible to positively id this from the characteristics given- there are many flies that are as you describe.

Berserker's avatar

Well, they’re so tiny that they will appear black, unless they were to be totally white.

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