Wednesday, 24 March 2010

On the Fly

.....Formosia speciosa

I'm posting this "on the fly". The photos below show a Tachinid fly found in my backyard a couple of months ago. As far as I can tell it is Formosia speciosa and, for a fly, it's actually rather good looking. It's a member of the tribe Rutiliini and, as such, is probably a parasitoid of scarab grubs.

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  1. Sharp. When does SLR fly back?

  2. Thanks Tony - Old one has been sent for repair. Shiny new one should be here tomorrow. Actually, it should have been here today :-)

  3. Oh, you're so hard on flies! Though I suppose many of them --- including this one --- have unsavoury life cycles.