Living With Tachinids

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Tachinid Fly (Leschenaultia spp. ) sipping nectar

At our 2016 Butterfly Encounter, we observed many large, black flies visiting flowers. Their flight and behavior is similar to bumblebees and they are easily mistaken.  They are Tachinid flies in the Genus Leschenaultia. They are parasitoids of caterpillars and are important regulators of caterpillar populations. This fly must have had a large caterpillar host to reach its large size.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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