As with so many other creatures/plants, I didn't know anything about Tachinid Flies until I started gardening. Funny how this hobby is so eye-opening to nature, isn't it? Last year, I had the opportunity to photograph my first one and I don't think I shared the photos? (I can't remember for certain tho?) I put it on my list of future blog topics but still never got around to posting about them. Yesterday, while photographing the fall arbor decorations, I had my first sighting this season. Of course, I jumped on the opportunity to snag a few more photos and decided not to wait this time to share them with you. Below you'll see the fly sharing a 'Honeycomb' Buddleia bloom with a honeybee:
Whenever I've spotted these flies in my garden, they've been quite large (about 1/2" to 1") ~ distinctly bigger than your common housefly ~ and the stiff abdominal bristles are a dead giveaway as to their identity. You can see those bristles clearly in the photo below:
Tachinid flies are parasitic, laying their eggs on a host (by various methods), eventually destroying the host and emerging during the pupa stage of the hosts life. You can read more about them in the highlighted link provided above. I won't even attempt to capsulize the information. It is very interesting tho and worth a read. They seem to like Buddleias as last years capture was on 'Davidii.'
'Honeycomb' is the perfect photographic backdrop for them, don't you think?
A footnote: Just to let you know, I've been thinking about abandoning this blog. I've never really gotten that much traffic (except for google who has taken every single photo I've ever posted ~ anyone else have that happen?) and it makes me spend way too much time sitting in front of the computer (I'm sure you know the feeling). I may or may not give up blogging altogether, but if I decide to continue I'll definitely be moving to a free forum so that I don't feel guilty when I am not posting regularly. I will notify you of my decision before it occurs tho so you aren't caught off guard or wondering what happened to me.