Finally, I got a clear photo of this enormous Spiny Tachina Fly - species Paradejeania rutiloides, family Tachinidae, order Diptera! (Paradise, Santa Ynez River, 1 November 2011)
Well, it SEEMS enormous because after all it's just a fly. It's about 3/4 inch (18 mm) long, bumblebee size. I found this one working the late flowers of native composite Scale Broom (Lepidospartum squamatum) shrub by the river today. These impressive flies have been scarce this year.
It seems like the ancient "doctrine of signatures" - these bristly flies are apparently predators of the bristly local "woolly bear" caterpillars of tiger moths in the family Arctiidae. See my [Next] photo tomorrow.
Today's photos are all interesting flies.
On November 01 2011 37 Views
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