Snipe Fly
"Rocky Mountain Bite Fly"
genus Symphoromyia (means Accompanying Fly)


snilpe fly
While we were enjoying the view from the mountains above Strawberry Reservoir,
these nasty little flies were biting our legs and it hurt like *!#!.  I slapped this one
 silly and then ground it into the dirt. I propped it up for these photos and, to my
surprise, the dang thing still wasn't dead.  Bugguide states that they bite all  animals,
including humans, mostly around around the head. These were "leg snipes":)  Just
 this week (7-19-2016) I was in Big Cottonwood Canyon taking pictures and the Snipe
Flies were unrelenting.  A word to the wise - wear long pants.  Carol Davis 7-25-2011

Symphoromyia snipe fly
"Mr. or Mrs. Snipe Fly sends his/her regrets that he/she will be unable to attend your
next camping party at or near Strawberry Reservoir due to an untimely death by a
vicious slap.  I am enclosing a photo of the deceased.". 
Carol Davis 7-25-2011
You may enjoy reading this article from the Oxford Journal about an encounter
 with snipe flies in Utah in 1944.  I'm sure people besides me have alternative names
for these biting flies that aren't fit to print.  Added later:  I noticed in this article
posted by the National Park Service that descriptive names for these beasts are
common in the West. This is a really good article - it has everything you'll ever need to
 know about snipe flies, including detailed drawings. The artist did a beautiful, detailed job.

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