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Monday, March 29, 2010

Parastic Fly (Pyrgota undata)

This amazing looking creature is a large member of the fly family, but with a with a unusual life cycle. Flying mostly at night, they will chase june beetles in the air and while in flight, lay a single egg on the beetle. 


Imagine this thing chasing you with graspers out, ready to grab on.


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parastic fly (Pyrgota undata) in flight


The egg will shortly hatch and the larva will drill into the beetle. Once inside they begin to feast until the beetle is dead.


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parastic fly (Pyrgota undata) portrait

1 comment:

Tiffany Pritchard said...

I found my first one last night. They are so weird looking! Love your photos!

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