You Found Me, But You Gonna Think Hard To Know Me
Trichopoda pennipes aka Feather legged Tachina Fly
Who said that I know all these names is easy to me!? No it is not. Behind all these names of these bugs are (sometimes) hours of search and study to identify it.
This one was without doubts the MOST HARDER ever to ID. It took almost 1 month to identify, and It was really hard to me. But at least I can say I’ve had the lucky to find a rare specie.
Trichopoda pennipes is a parasite of several species like Squash bugs and stink bugs.
This specie is native to USA, and was RECENTLY introduced in Europe, in Portugal, Spain and a part of France. Though is still not very common to see them.
Its size is about of a housefly.
A curious fact is that the stink bug produces the smell that for use is disgusting but for these flies attracts them and is easy to they find them and infect the bug with their eggs.
So it was hard to me because this is a recent European fly. It is a newbie in Europe! :)
I also played a little on the pictures with blurry, because the pictures were not so good. But it think after all my effort on ID it, it was worth to post! :)