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Parasitic fly (Tachina fera) | by Peter Orchard
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Parasitic fly (Tachina fera)

Some species of wildlife are exquisitely beautiful, some are down right ugly but all species are quite fascinating! Well, I think so anyway.


I think we will all agree that this is one ugly beast! It is an unpleasant character all round, not just in looks, but because it parasitises butterfly and moth larvae, usually one grub per host.


I took this on bramble near the reed beds along the River Frome at Swineham Point, near Wareham and my book says it is often abundant on waterside plants in late summer.

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Taken on September 19, 2009