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Tachinid Fly

Peleteria sp

Description:

This Tachinid Fly (Peleteria sp) had a large round abdomen. I thought it was a bee at first.

Habitat:

In leaf litter along Deer Flat Trail in Mount Diablo State Park, CA.

Notes:

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

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2 Comments

misako
misako 8 years ago

Thank you for the ID Small Wonders--I think you are right.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Great spot misako! I love these flies... Possibly Peleteria, these are common in your area :)

misako
Spotted by
misako

Concord, USA

Spotted on Mar 26, 2012
Submitted on Mar 27, 2012

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