Tachinid Fly (Adejeania vexatrix)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Tachinid Fly.
Updated: 8/21/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Spiky, hairy Tachinid Flies look like they would be harmful to humans, but caterpillars should be the worried ones.
Tachinid Fly adults are usually seen visiting flowers and feeding on nectar. Though they look like the type of fly that would eat more unappetizing things like dead animals or feces, these are nectar drinking flies. This species has a long proboscis, similar to what butterflies and moths have, allowing it to drink from deep flowers.
Tachinid Flies are parasitoids. Females lay fertilized eggs on caterpillars. Newly-hatched and hungry larvae eat the caterpillar to death. Afterward, they pupate and become adults with wings.