So I find these flies every year in my mulch, and I've never seen them anywhere else. The mulch becomes full of their larvae, which I feed to my toad and lizards. There are so many that you can hear them moving. The adults are black, look like a wasp or hornet, and have a curious green patch on the underside of their abdomen, which is a clear patch showing some kind of liquid. The larvae are brown and have a little hair on them.
It's about one inch I think maybe a little less. I hope the quality is good enough, because I used my iPod for the picture and you can't do macro with it. Also, I live in Hillsboro Oregon. I am near a small forest and in the suburbs.