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Golden-brown Tachinid Fly

Tachininae sp

Description:

I think I just witnessed the beginning of the end of the beautiful catterpillar.. It looks like this "Fly" is laying eggs on the head of the caterpillar!

Habitat:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMjMb42zV...

Notes:

All Tachinid Flies share the parasitoid habit. Their larvae are internal parasites of many orders and families of insects (and a few other arthropods). Their host ranges are relatively broad. They parasites on larvae of moths, larvae of butterflies, larvae and adults of beetles, adults of bugs, or adults of various orthopteroid orders, such as grasshoppers and stick insects. Depending on species, they develop either singly or in grope and either pupate in the dead host or leave the host and pupate in soil or plant litter.

2 species ID suggestions

MartinL
MartinL 2 years ago
Golden-brown Tachinid Fly
Family Tachinidae Golden-brown Tachinid Fly - ? sp.
MartinL
MartinL 2 years ago
Hawkmoth
Daphnis hypothous Daphnis hypothous

25 Comments (1–25)

Christiane
Christiane a year ago

Thanks Mayra..

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 2 years ago

Wonderful video and picture!

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

Thanks bayucca.. :))

bayucca
bayucca 2 years ago

Eat or being eaten... The same fight as everyday in nature... Excellent documentation!!

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Poor thing! I would have to wash the eggs off!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Thanks Martin.. You are Genius...!!
Keep sharing your knowledge and make Project Noah precious..!!

MartinL
MartinL 2 years ago

Christiane, you may like to try an experiment and remove the sticky eggs with cotton buds and soapy water or carefully with tweezers.

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

@ Martin do you know this one?? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/910...

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/918... this is the Caterpillar before the FLY ATTACK!!

MartinL
MartinL 2 years ago

You have a hawkmoth (Daphnis hypothous) . Maybe there is always someting else to learn and so the spotting is never quite complete =)

vipin.baliga
vipin.baliga 2 years ago

Such a beauty... :-)

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

WOW.. Thanks you.. Now the Spotting is complete.

MartinL
MartinL 2 years ago

Christiane, this is an excellent spotting of nature at her best (or worst). This seems cruel but in biology there is no free lunch and you can understand why some moths need to lay 1000 eggs.
Your predator is a tachinid fly http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_... and the eggs mean a life sentence usually for the caterpillar. See my spotting here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/799...

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

Thanks ShannaB.. I hope to find the ID for the "FLY"..

ShannaB
ShannaB 2 years ago

Oh WOW, AMAZING spotting. Well done.

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

Thanks Atul & Sachin.. I was lucky!

Atul
Atul 2 years ago

beautifully documented spotting Christiane!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 2 years ago

great spotting with video,

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

Thanks Heather.. I can't help with the ID.. Maybe MartinL can help..

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

NO WAY!! I help the whales in nets or the eagle in barbed wire.. But not nature going its way!

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 2 years ago

This is definitely an example of how to document our world. Fabulous!!! Good commentary, good camera work, great video. Now we need an ID.

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Great spotting. The video is wonderful. Weren't you tempted to try to wipe the eggs off?

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

Video uploaded!!

Christiane
Christiane 2 years ago

Video is coming soon..

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 2 years ago

Well that has to be of the most interesting spottingss documented on here with beautiful camera work. The first and last picture are excellent.

4816, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -19.49, Long: 146.93

Spotted on Feb 27, 2012
Submitted on Feb 27, 2012

Spotted for mission

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