Subject: guarding my house today
Location: Oshawa, Ontario
August 12, 2015 1:57 pm
Thanks to you, I have become more of a friend to bugs.
This afternoon, there is a very giant fly with spotted wings guarding the back door to my house. She (I think it’s a she) is sitting right on the keyhole! Thankfully, I come in through the garage…I have a feeling it is a kind of horse fly but have never actually seen one. I’ve never seen a fly this big or one with markings on its wings. We are in Oshawa, Ontario and the day is sunny and windy but she would be out of the sun and wind where she is sitting right now. Didn’t even care that I took pictures and opened the door twice…I was hoping to see a luna moth one day and not so much this guy…
be well and keep up the awesome work!
Thank you so much for your kind compliments. This distinctive fly is a Tiger Bee Fly, a species that parasitizes Carpenter Bees. Unlike female Horse Flies that might bite humans, this Tiger Bee Fly poses no threat to you or your pets.
Thank you so much for your response and for enlightening me about my visitor. I am honoured to be hearing from the bugman himself! I actually have your book!
Passion is what makes life worth living and yours is obvious. To give of yourself and your time as you have for so many years is a most incredible testament to passion. Thank you for sharing that as you have and for teaching so many of us so very much.
ps – bibitte is the French word for bug – I’ve been driving a vw bug for 15 years…