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This Tachinid Fly (Peleteria sp) had a large round abdomen. I thought it was a bee at first.
In leaf litter along Deer Flat Trail in Mount Diablo State Park, CA.
Tachinidae is a large and rather variable family of true flies within the insect order Diptera, with more than 8,200 known species and many more to be discovered. There are over 1300 species in North America. Insects in this family are commonly called tachina flies or simply tachinids. As far as is known, they all are Protelean parasitoids, or occasionally parasites, of Arthropoda. Wikipedia