Wonderful world of winged insects (Pterygota)

Such beautiful creatures of the animal kingdom found in our lovely garden spot! And I simply love taking pictures of them whenever I get the chance! Be it an ordinary fly, spider, or other small living things, all fascinates me so as they share our wonderful world of nature!

Do enjoy some of these winged beauties that have graced our garden! :D

Blow Fly peering into the Heliconia, captured March 10, 2007 The Blow Fly on heliconia leaf is a frequent visitor to our garden. Shot April 23, 2007 Blow Fly –
It is quite similar to a house fly, though larger. Pretty fly with a metallic body which can be green, blue or black in color.

Check Wikipedia for more information!


  • Scientific name: Lucilia (species unknown)
  • Common name: Blow Fly
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota (Winged Insects)
  • Order: Diptera
  • Suborder: Brachycera
  • Infraorder: Muscomorpha
  • Subsection: Calyptratae
  • Superfamily: Oestroidea
  • Family: Calliphoridae
  • Genus: Lucilia
  • Species: (unknown)

A specie of Longlegged Flies (Dolichopodidae) on a hibiscus leaf, shot May 5, 2007 Longlegged Fly –
A beautiful tiny insect measuring only about 1 cm. with lovely pattern on its luminous body.

Lots more images of these Longlegged flies can be enjoyed at BugGuide.


  • Scientific name: (ID unknown)
  • Common name: Longlegged Fly
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota (Winged Insects)
  • Order: Diptera
  • Superfamily: Empidoidea
  • Family: Dolichopodidae (Longlegged Flies)

A Planthopper (Homoptera) of family Issidae on a croton leaf, taken May 5, 2007 Issid Planthopper –
Another very tiny insect measuring only about 4mm. approximately. Frequently seen along our hibiscus branches and leaves, and in this image it’s strolling along a Croton leaf. Its beauty is not visibly seen with naked eye, but look awesome in photo!

However, having compared the photos of other Issid Planthoppers that look quite grotesque…hmm…I’m wondering whether my tiny beauty identified with help from BugGuide.net is correct? Here’s a lovely homoptera photo album from Cedar Creek Natural History Area, University of Minnesota.

Some scientific classification –
Phylum – Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class/Subclass – Insecta (Insects)/Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order – Homoptera
Super Family – Fulgoroidae (Planthopper)
Family – Issidae;

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle –

A tiny weeny Harmonia axyridis (ladybird) on hibiscus leaf, shot May 31, 2007 Fabulous looking Harlequin Ladybird on heliconia leaf, shot May 31, 2007

Just measuring about 0.5cm and prettily dressed in bright orange with black dots. Hmm…just read at Wikipedia that they are voracious aphid-eater and now considered a nuisance or pest in some countries! Though for us, it’ll be wonderful to have more of these lovelies around to snuff off our much-disliked garden pesky gnats like the aphids and mealy bugs!

Some scientific classification –
Phylum – Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class/Subclass – Insecta (Insects)/Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order: Coleoptera (Beetles)
Family: Coccinellidae (Ladybird Beetles)
Genus: Harmonia
Species: axyridis
Scientific name – Harmonia axyridis
Common name – Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harlequin Ladybird

Collage of a beautiful insect of Dinidoridae family with orange trimming, captured August 31, 2007 A True Bug –
This beauty looks quite similar to the Stink Bug. I found it crawling aimlessly around our courtyard. What a gorgeous insect with blackish brown body, beautifully textured and attractively trimmed in orange and black! Not very large, just about 20 x 13mm in size.

Thanks to Professor David A. Rider of Dakota State University who generously help to identify it. A pity though I’m still unable to confirm its genus and species in spite of googling for its image umpteen times.

Some scientific classification –
Phylum – Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class/Subclass – Insecta (Insects)/Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order – Hemiptera
Suborder – Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Super family – Pentatomoidea
Family – Dinidoridae
Genus – probably either Coridius or Cyclopelta

Pretty insect (crabronid wasp) on mussaenda leaf, captured September 25, 2007 Crabronid Wasp –
Yet another pretty little winged insect, usually found in numbers flying around leafy plants on sunny mornings.

Many thanks to Eric R. Eaton of BugGuide.net for ID! :)

Some scientific classification –
Phylum – Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class/Subclass – Insecta (Insects)/Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order – Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasp and Sawflies)
Superfamily – Apoidea (Apoid Wasp)
Family – Crabronidae
Subfamily – Crabroninae (Square-headed wasps)
Tribe – Larrini
Species – Unknown, wonder whether it’s Tachytes? More info/images at BugGuide.net!

Pretty orange insect on hydrangea leaf, captured September 25, 2007 Another winged insect – that visited our garden, whose identity is unknown as yet to me. Approximate size: 20mm x 7mm.

Apologies for incomplete information. I’m just a nature lover and like to put a name to whatever insects or bugs found thriving or visiting our tropical garden, so if anyone out there knows more or detect an error here, would greatly appreciate your help!

Last edit: May 29, 2016

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