Phasia hemiptera (M)

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 October 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Phasia hemiptera (NL: Wantssluipvlieg / EN: Phasia hemiptera / DE: Wanzenfliege / FR: Phasia hemiptera) is a tachinid fly found throughout Northern and Southern Europe. It is a strongly sexually dimorphic species, males being more colourful with curved patterned wings (see image). Like most tachinid flies, the female lays her eggs on other insects, the larvae then develop inside the living host, devouring it and eventually killing it. Its main hosts are the forest bug Pentatoma rufipes in the spring, and the green shield bug Palomena prasina in the autumn.

Image: Viroinval (BE) – 11/08/2012

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige foto!
Ik wens je een aangename dag.

12 Oct 2012 7:01am

Sylvie from France

superbe.

12 Oct 2012 7:17am

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Beautiful macro with all the fine and delicate detail of the flowers.

13 Oct 2012 4:04am

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
F/8.0
ISO 200
150 mm

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