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So we found this bug and it wasn't in our software for a change. Any help identifying it is appreciated. The bug was found in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Three of the pictures are over 2MB, (and 2 of them are useful, I think), so I can't post them here, but I can give a link to the album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DK7NBqZtfCaXi8BS8

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  • $\begingroup$ I'll try to fix the links. $\endgroup$ – theresawalrus Aug 31 '18 at 19:47
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    $\begingroup$ Well, it's a fly. Possibly a Robber fly (Asilidae) or Thick-headed fly (Conopidae) $\endgroup$ – RHA Aug 31 '18 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ How do you know it's a fly? $\endgroup$ – theresawalrus Aug 31 '18 at 23:25
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    $\begingroup$ Agreeing with @RHA that you have a fly here (the fourth photo shows a haltere [AKA balancer] just above the hind leg/just below the wing, which is what Diptera have instead of hind wings); I believe that it's a Soldier Fly (Family Stratiomyidae), but would like other photos (if possible) before comitting myself to that level of precision. $\endgroup$ – Arthur J Frost Sep 2 '18 at 7:31
  • $\begingroup$ @theresawalrus bugs should have their front wings hardened to wing-cases callers elytra. They are covering the remaining hind wings. Your specimen doesn't show that. $\endgroup$ – JulPal Sep 2 '18 at 13:13

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