Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Killer unmasked ....

A couple of weeks ago I posted some pictures of a drinker moth caterpillar, together with the larvae and pupae of the parasitic insect that killed it. The killer has emerged from the pupae and it looks like a tachinid fly of some kind.

You can see the prominent calypters at the base of the wings, which are a tachinid characteristic.

This individual has just emerged from its pupa and its wings have yet to expand.

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