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Subject: Strange bee faced fly
Location: Nashville, TN
May 11, 2017 12:25 pm
My mother and I were sitting on our front porch and noticed this insect flying around. It landed a few times and stayed still for a good length of time each time without moving so I got a few decent pics. It’s furry and black and has what looks like the face of a bee. Every year I feel like I see an insect that I’ve never seen before. This is the one for this year so far:
Signature: Any info would be appreciated, Nora

Tachinid Fly

Dear Nora,
This is some species of Tachinid Fly, and members of its family are all beneficial predators that parasitize a variety of host creatures that helps in population control.  Sometimes a species of Tachinid Fly is the only known predator of a significant agricultural pest species.  This BugGuide image is similar to the image you provided, though we cannot confirm that they are the same genus or species.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

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