Tachinid Fly
Subfamily Tachininae

Tachnic Fly
With a stripe down its back, this Tachinid Fly from the Jordanelle Dam wetlands must
 be the skunk of the Tachinid Fly world.  It also has a bristly tail end that makes it
stand out from other flies.  It is a parasitic fly, laying eggs on other insects with the
 larvae feeding off the
host.  All Tachnid Flies are natural pollinators as adults since
they fly from flower to flower spreading pollen. Carol Davis 7-29-2007

Sometime in the Spring, take a moment to visit a flowering bush or tree and take
note of how many insects are in the flowers besides Honey Bees.  For further
information on pollinators, some of them surprising, read these interesting articles
on the U. S. Forest site. Carol Davis, 7-29-2007

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