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Tachinid Fly

Gonia

Description:

Identified in this case by the strong bristles on the abdomen and the stubby antennae attached at the forehead, this tachinid fly closely resembles the Gonia genre although it has a 'bee mimic" colouration and Gonia typically shows darker colouring. All tachinid fly larvea are internal parisites of insects and most in the region help in controling pests such as 'cutworms'. Adult flies are nectar feeders and females lay on the host directly or on plants the intended host feeds on.

Habitat:

Garden shrub with flowers and nectar.

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Michael Strydom
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Michael Strydom

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 30, 2018
Submitted on Oct 30, 2018

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