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
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.