Strange Fly 3/4" long in Simi Valley, CA
My husband and I are real fans of your site. We find it exceptionally user-friendly, and seeing multiple images of an insect really helps with identification.
This fly-thingie landed on a palm tree next to my head and did not budge for fifteen minutes while I photographed it, tried to find it on your web site, and then finally went out and caught it. It is currently laying on its back in my insect magnifying jar. Could it be a tachinid fly? Its wings are clear with black markings. Very truly yours,
Thanks for the compliment. We also noticed from your second email that you correctly identified your Tiger Bee Fly, Xenox tigrinus.