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Subject:  What is this? A horsefly? A bee? Or a hybrid maybe?
Geographic location of the bug:  Huntsville, Texas
Date: 11/24/2017
Time: 05:30 PM EDT
Hi. I found this at Sam Houston State University to be more specific. I’m not sure if it’s a bee or a fly, or even a new species. I’m in Forensics and our class needs to catch 20 bugs so that’s why it’s in two ziploc baggies. I was afraid it might bite or sting me through one bag. It looks sort of mean. While I don’t need to know, it would be cool if I knew what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you, Sadie

Tachinid Fly

Dear Sadie,
Normally we do not feel compelled to provide identifications for class projects, but something about your request resonated with us.  This is a parasitoid Tachinid Fly in the family Tachinidae, and this is a very large family with many similar looking species.  We believe based on images posted to the Flies of Goodwell and Texhoma, Texas Co. OK site that it is in the tribe Blondeliini.  BugGuide has four pages of genera in that tribe, so a more specific identification might require an expert in the family.

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Subject:  Bee-fly??
Geographic location of the bug:  Sanbernardino National Forest – southern California
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 09:39 AM EDT
What the heck is this?? Lol
Found in Southern California on a rabbit brush bush.. feeding on the blossoms.  Nov 8, 2017
How you want your letter signed:  Sandy

Tachinid Fly

Dear Sandy,
This is not a Bee Fly.  It is a member of the family Tachinidae, and the only common name for members of the family is Tachinid Fly.  According to BugGuide, it is the “Second largest dipteran family (after Tipulidae), with ~1350 spp. in >300 genera of 4 subfamilies in our area(1) and >10,000 spp. in ~1600 genera worldwide; it is possible that only half of the species have been described.”  There are many genera that look similar, and the same with species, so we don’t believe we will be able to provide you with an exact species name, but it might be
Paradejeania rutilioides which is pictured on BugGuide.  There is a similar looking individual not identified beyond the family posted on the Natural History of Orange County site.  Tachinid Flies are parasitoids, and the female lays an egg on a host that hatches and feeds on the internal organs of the host, eventually killing it.  According to BugGuide:  “Larval stages are parasitoids of other arthropods; hosts include members of 11 insect orders, centipedes, spiders, and scorpions. Some tachinids are very host-specific, others parasitize a wide variety of hosts. The most common hosts are caterpillars. Most tachinids deposit their eggs directly on the body of their host, and it is not uncommon to see caterpillars with several tachinid eggs on them. Upon hatching the larva usually burrows into its host and feeds internally. Full-grown larva leaves the host and pupates nearby. Some tachinids lay their eggs on foliage; the larvae are flattened and are called planidia; they remain on the foliage until they find a suitable host.”

Tachinid Fly

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Subject:  Giant Tachinid Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Arlington, WA
Date: 10/10/2017
Time: 02:13 PM EDT
I have two what looks like Giant Tachinid flies on my mint outside this week.  I took a number of photos as it looked way different than any I’ve seen.  It really looks like Giant, but according to all research I have found, its not located anywhere here .. only Europe and that region.   Are there Giant species here?  This was the size of a larger bumblebee.. so I noticed it at once.. stiff bristles on a smooth black body with orange head and wings.. so it stood out.    Funny enough the photos I find are all in the UK on mint as well.  Thank you for any clarification on this species.
How you want your letter signed:  Sammy Catiis

Tachinid Fly

Dear Sammy,
Tachinid Fly is a name used for a member of the parasitoid family Tachinidae.  According to BugGuide, a site dedicated to North American sightings:  “Second largest dipteran family (after Tipulidae), with ~1350 spp. in >300 genera of 4 subfamilies in our area(1) and >10,000 spp. in ~1600 genera worldwide; it is possible that only half of the species have been described.”  We searched for images of the Giant Tachinid Fly, and we found an image on Alamy from Wales that is identified as
Tachina grossa and it has a light collar of hairs behind the head, a distinctive feature also found on your individual.  The genus is also found in North America, and this BugGuide image also has the light collar.  Data indicates the genus is found in Washington.  Congratulations on identifying your individual to the genus level.  According to BugGuide “40 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area”  but most of the individuals posted to BugGuide are not identified to the species level, so we suspect they are difficult to identify from images.

Tachinid Fly

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Subject:  Fly species?
Geographic location of the bug:  Creighton, KZN, South Africa
Date: 10/10/2017
Time: 10:21 AM EDT
Found this indoors, looks like a fly, but never seen this one before.
Thought it was Rhachoepalpus immaculatus, but coloring not the same.
How you want your letter signed:  Terence

Tachinid Fly

Dear Terence,
This is a parasitoid Tachinid Fly.  According to Animal Diversity Web
Rhachoepalpus immaculatus is a Tachinid Fly.  Tachinidae is a large family with many similar looking individuals, so we cannot say for certain if your identification is correct to the species level, but you do have the family correct.

Thanks for the prompt responce.
Greatly appreciated.

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Subject:  Fly identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Idaho
Date: 09/15/2017
Time: 11:16 PM EDT
Dear Mr. Bugman,
I took a photo of a large, mostly black fly with two white dots on the rear part of its abdomen. I have only found the fly outside once. All other flies inside my house are plain black with no white dots. I have attempted to find the type of fly online but with no luck so far. If you know what type it is I’d be very interested to hear. Thank you for your time and help!
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Sarah

Tachinid Fly

Dear Sarah,
This is a parasitoid Tachinid Fly, and according to BugGuide, there are  “1350 spp. in >300 genera of 4 subfamilies in our area [North America].”  We quickly scanned BugGuide down to the tribe level and could not locate this particular species.  Tachinid Flies are important biological control agents against other insects and arthropods, and according to BugGuide:  “Larval stages are parasitoids of other arthropods; hosts include members of 11 insect orders, centipedes, spiders, and scorpions. Some tachinids are very host-specific, others parasitize a wide variety of hosts. The most common hosts are caterpillars. Most tachinids deposit their eggs directly on the body of their host, and it is not uncommon to see caterpillars with several tachinid eggs on them. Upon hatching the larva usually burrows into its host and feeds internally. Full-grown larva leaves the host and pupates nearby.”  If time permits, we will try to identify your Tachinid Fly to the species level, but now you also know where to do the research.  If you find a visual match, please let us know.

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Subject: What species of fly is this?
Location: Clinton, Maine
August 18, 2017 1:48 pm
This is a fly my son found in our flower garden. It is summertime here in Maine and I don’t recall ever seeing this fly! We have many living next to a farm, but this little guy is quite exquisite! Can you tell me what he is please?
Signature: Kristy Richard

Tachinid Fly: Belvosia borealis

Dear Kristy,
This is a parasitoid Tachinid Fly, and we are quite confident it is
Belvosia borealis because of its similarity to this BugGuide posting, also from Maine.  According to BugGuide, the larvae feed “on Ceratomia spp. (Sphingidae).”

Tachinid Fly: Belvosia borealis

Tachinid Fly: Belvosia borealis

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