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Beetle larvae with parasite eggs

Chrysophtharta variicollis (Parasite = Tachinid fly)


Tortoise leaf beetles cluster and wave their tails around to dissuade flies laying eggs on them. This has not worked for two of these mature larvae.


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Christiane 11 years ago

This is so interesting.. Thanks for sharing this information with all of us!

MartinL 11 years ago

Christiane, without tachinid flies and parasitic wasps, we would soon be buried in beetles.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

That makes sense about the waving tails and flies.
If evolution was really kind they would have arms.

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 7, 2012
Submitted on Feb 7, 2012

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