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Parasitic Fly

Archytas apicifer

Description:

The silvery white face helps to ID this fly to the Archytas genus. The abdomen is black with numerous bristles. The abdomen is brownish gray and also bristly. About 1 cm in length.

Habitat:

I photographed this fly in a suburban yard next to a deciduous forest.

Notes:

This fly is a parasite on moth caterpillars, especially forest tent caterpillars.

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Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Lat: 45.00, Long: -93.12

Spotted on Jul 4, 2012
Submitted on Jul 4, 2012

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