Tachinid Fly  (two photos)
Genus Gymnosoma


tachnid fly
Tachinid Flies are nightmares of the insect world.  The adult insect lay
eggs on their hosts such as caterpillars and then the larvae hatch,

 burrow inside and feed on the host.  According to Bugguide.net,
practically no insect is safe from their attack. Carol Davis 6-22-2008


tachnid fly
 
It is not hard to find and identify this Gymnosoma tachinid fly in the outdoors
because of its unique abdominal pattern.  The infamous Bot Fly, which lays eggs on
mammals, is of the same Super Family as tachinid flies. Carol Davis, 6-22-2008

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