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You Found Me, But You Gonna Think Hard To Know Me

  • Posted Oct. 5, 2009 by Ricardo in Insects. Viewed 3539 times

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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! :)

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    • # Nikolas

      But everyone knows the name of that small bug.................... :)))
      Very good catch!

      2009.10.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Christa

      Definitivamente é o rei dos insectos, e agora que a Ruth não aparece, o trono é todo seu! Sabe alguma coisa dela?

      2009.10.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Smitha

      Great work! These are surely worth posting and i love to learn new things from your blog :) you are a super master, Ricky

      2009.10.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Good shots, Ricky....your perseverance paid off! Congrats on finding, shooting, and identifying this rare fly.

      2009.10.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lys

      Que bonitas fotos Ricky. Ya ha aparecido tu hermanita,jajaja

      2009.10.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynn

      GREAT WORK!!! Yes, these were worth posting...I love learning about the bugs you shoot :))

      2009.10.04 Edited Reply Cancel