Insect and Bug ID forum: Help to identify this flying insect

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terabite
Dec 15, 2016 4:11 PM CST
What is this thing? It has infested my celling. Is it dangerous? How do I get rid of it? How do they get into a room?

Big thanks!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Dec 15, 2016 5:11 PM CST
Welcome! It looks like it could be a picture-winged fly. I started going through the BugGuide pictures for them but there are many pages and I didn't come across an exact match for the wing markings before I had to call it quits for now. If you want to take a look, the pages start here:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/...

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terabite
Dec 15, 2016 6:24 PM CST
Thank you so much for helping! <3

why does it have that pointy thingy on its butt? Do you think it can sting? Do flies have those as well? It's so scary!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Dec 15, 2016 6:51 PM CST
I think that's most likely its ovipositor, that it uses to insert its eggs into something.

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