Subject: What the heck is this?
Location: Creede Colorado
August 4, 2014 7:11 pm
I took this picture a few days ago about 30 miles west of Creede, Colorado. Would love to know what this thing is called.
Signature: P Padgham
Dear P Padgham,
This is a Tachinid Fly, a member of an important family of parasitic flies that prey upon insects and arthropods. Many Tachinid Flies are valuable biological control agents for agricultural pests. Many Tachinid Flies look very similar and they are quite spiny.