If it is Friday, it have to be “Friday Fly Day!”
And an ideal day to publish a picture of a fly.
It is a feminine tachinid, genus Peleteria, within the household Tachinidae. It’s perched on a lavender in Vacaville, Calif. The genus is characterised by two distinguished setae in entrance of the decrease a part of the attention.
I’ve seen tachinids lay eggs in monarch caterpillars and in monarch chrysalids. The fly larvae eat the host from the within out. The hostess with the mostest?
Nonetheless, tachinids are thought of vital organic controls as a result of they lay their eggs in such pests as cabbage white butterfly larvae (Pieris rapae).
See the UC Statewide Built-in Pest Administration web site for extra on tachinids.
Attention-grabbing critters, do not you assume?