Green Parasitic Fly

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Green Parasitic FlyFamily: Tachinidae
Subfamily: Dexiinae
Common names: Green Parasitic Fly
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This fly is from the same family and subfamily but different genus as the Long Tongue Tachinid Fly featured elsewhere. All Tachinid flies are parasitoids with their larvae growing as parasites of other insects. While the larvae of most Tachinid flies feed on the caterpillars of moths and butterflies, the Dexiinae subfamily are parasites of beetle larvae. The beautiful metallic green body and large eyes of this fly are quite impressive. I hope that the appearance of parasitic flies such as these indicates that the bush ecosystem is gradually recovering.

(November 2010)