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Tachinid Fly (Tachina fera)

Order: Diptera (DIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Tachinidae
Genus: Tachina
Species: fera

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On Oct 25, 2017, VooDooU from Yankton, SD wrote:

Nasty pest and parasite of butterflies. Look up how these guys start out in life.... pretty horrific.

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On Jun 8, 2007, wallaby1 from Lincoln,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

This fly is not well documented in Britain, but it is here! It may be confused with Tachina fera, which seems to be better documented but there are some slight differences.

T. magnicornis has the extra 'points' on the black stripe down the back of the body, where T. fera has them at both ends but the pattern swoops in more or less a straight line in between.

T. magnicornis also has a yellow head, although I have read that T. fera has yellowish hairs on it's cheeks, T magnicornis has obvious yellow hairs behind the eyes.

T. magnicornis also has black femurs (thighs), with the rest of the legs being reddish.

T. magnicornis has been recorded frequently as a pollinator of the Burnt orchid, Orchis ustulata which grows mainly in the ch... read more

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