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Tachinid Fly

Archytas sp.

1 species ID suggestions

Tachinid Fly
Tribe Tachinini Tribe Tachinini - BugGuide.Net

7 Comments

Small Wonders
Small Wonders a year ago

These are great flies to have around as they are natural enemies to many pest species. A quick article about them from my blog - http://network-green.org/tachinid-flies/...

freelancing
freelancing a year ago

Thanks for your help. I had never seen one of these guys before. He was clearly disoriented and was heading right for me - bounced off my pants leg and lumbered in a drunk manner on the pavement. I lived in the North Dallas area most of my life and this was my first encounter with this critter.

The tribe is very large and the flies look quite similar. The only way I was able to get a genus, let alone a species ID is I submitted detailed images with views of each side and top to BugGuide. It's ok not to have a genus or species ID. Sometimes it's just not possible.

freelancing
freelancing a year ago

Wow - you might be right. I'm going to take my ID off and look some more online. Since I saw it in person, I am remembering some details that was hard to capture w/o a macro lens, using an iPhone camera on a jittery fly. :)

Small Wonders
Small Wonders a year ago

I agree with Cindy, Tachinini Tribe ... From this image alone, I would say Archytas sp. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/21091)

freelancing
freelancing a year ago

Thanks for the ID suggestion! Following your lead, I believe I have narrowed it down to Cyzenis browni.

This is a difficult tribe to narrow to the genus without seeing fine details and a shot of the end of the abdomen.

Dallas, Texas, USA

Lat: 32.96, Long: -96.90

Spotted on May 10, 2012
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

Spotted for mission

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