Fuzzy Flies and Robot Fly!
Location: Sacred Valley, Peru
March 3, 2011 1:49 pm
Hello! I am in Peru in the Sacred Valley out of Cuzco. I have 2 fuzzy fly specimen I was hoping you could help me identify! I don’t believe they’re the same! I also got lucky with this last shot of a fly who looks like he’s part machine! What are they…offically?
Thanks, WTB team!
We are amused that despite being off the grid, you have internet access. One of your lovely Peruvian insects is not a Fly. It is a Bee, and we believe it may be a Long-Horned Bee in the tribe Eucerini. You may compare your photo to some North American Long-Horned Bees posted to BugGuide.
We believe one of your Flies is a Tachinid Fly. Tachinids are parasitic to a wide variety of insects and they are often quite spiny. You may use BugGuide to see some examples of North American Tachinids. Finally, we believe the Fly you compared to a machine may be a Flesh Fly in the family Sarcophagidae, and again, North American species may be found on BugGuide.