A Tachina Fly

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These tachina flies were numerous

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back when the butterflyweed was blooming the end of June.

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Three of these tachina (Trichopoda pennipes) flies also stayed in the area.

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This half-inch one mates near flowers and attaches its eggs to medium-sized and large true bugs. Its larvae enter the host to feed. Some pupate in the host and emerge in the spring.  Other tachina species pupate in the soil emerge in the summer or fall.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. With parasitic wasps and tachina flies around it can be though being a bug!

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  2. I’ve only seen a few of these this year.

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