Subject: Some kind of fly?
Location: Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada
July 12, 2013 2:59 pm
I found this flying around my vegetable garden today and have not been even close to finding a similar kind online. Hopefully you have an idea? I live in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada. It was taken on July 12, 2013 in the summer time, although it was a really windy and abnormally cool day of only 15 degrees Celsius today.
Signature: Weird garden bug!!! Guaranteed you’ve never seen one!
This is a Tachinid Fly, and it might possibly be Hystricia abrupta, which you may see on BugGuide. Tachinid Flies are parasitoids, meaning they lay eggs on other insects and arthropods, and the developing larvae eventually kill the host. Many Tachinid Flies are parasitoids of caterpillars.