What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

some pics for you
These are a random sampling of pictures I took while walking in my favorite park. I hope you like them.  Arlington, Texas
Elizabeth

Feather Legged Fly

Feather Legged Fly

Hi Elizabeth,
We are especially eager to post your image of a Feather Legged Fly, Trichopoda pennipes.  According to BugGuide:  “Adult female lays one to several eggs on a hemipteran host.  The larvae hatch from the eggs and burrow directly into the bug’s body, though only one larva will survive within each host.  The larva feeds on the host internally and eventually a large cream-colored maggot exits from body of the bug (which soon dies).  The maggot pupates in a dark reddish-brown puparium in the soil and emerges as an adult about two weeks later.  There are up to three generations a year depending on location, and larvae may overwinter in the bodies of overwintering hosts. “

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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