Gotta luv these flies

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Tony T
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Gotta luv these flies

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This species is a parasitoid of Tiger Moth caterpillars.
Diptera: Tachinidae: Hystricia abrupta

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Its butt reminds me of a bore brush for a canon but it is a really great shot there Tony, tons of detail. :D

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An incredible looking fly and photo Tony. I can see why you like to photograph them (and you do it sooooo well).
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Post by rjlittlefield »

Well now, that is one flashy fly! I see that BugGuide has some more pictures of this species (guide page here). They also mixed into the lineup a different but similar appearing beast Adejeania with very long mouthparts. (The comments point this out.)

Hhmm... I see that Wikipedia has a page for Adejeania but not for Hystricia. A Western bias perhaps? :)

Google search on Hystricia turns up quite a few more shots, mosty in the wild, including one very nice one here.

Not much info posted on life history, though -- all I ran across was one page for a related species listing hosts as "Arctiidae" (a family containing the Tiger Moths, among others).

Did you rear this one, Tony, or catch it on the loose?

--Rik

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