Tachinid Fly  (four photos)
Genus Cylindromyia

tachnid fly
I expect to see some larger flies in November but finding this tachnid fly was a real shocker for me.
I've never found them this late in the year on Antelope Island.  Carol Davis 11-9-2016

Cylindromyia tachnid fly
It was not alone - there was a little Picture-winged Fly or Fruit Fly on the same
 rabbitbrush.  Below are some pictures I took some years ago.  Carol Davis 11-9-2016

tachinid fly
The striped abdomen on this skinny fly really adds to its appeal. What appeal, you may ask - flies have no
appeal.  Granted, they can be disgusting, especially in the larval stage, but you have to admit these little
wasp imitators are beautiful in their own "maggoty" sort of way.  Carol Davis, 5-29-2012

They are sometimes hard to spot among the larger wasps and bees, but they will hold still long enough for a
 photo.  This one was modeling on yellow flowers at Red Butte Gardens, SLC, Utah. 
Carol Davis, 5-29-2012

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