Spiky, hairy Tachinid Flies look like they would be harmful to humans, but it is really caterpillars should be worried.
Tachinid Fly adults are usually seen visiting flowers and feeding on nectar. The bright red abdomen of this species is covered in spiky black hairs. Transparent wings have a black tint. Though it looks like the type of fly that would eat more unappetizing things like dead animals or feces, this species is a nectar drinking fly. It has a long proboscis, similar to what butterflies and moths have, allowing it to drink from deep flowers.
Tachinid Flies are parasitoids. A parasitoid uses a host only once in its life cycle. Females lay fertilized eggs on caterpillars. Newly-hatched and hungry fly maggots eat the caterpillar to death. Afterward, they pupate and become adults with wings.
Scientific Name: Adejeania vexatrix
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39in to 0.78in)
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