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Oct 6, 2013 8:25 PM

ID this fly please

Hi there,

 

Saw a few of these fly whilst on holiday in the far north west of Scotland. Thought it migh be some sort of bee fly but haven't managed to find a similar image anywhere...P8212401.JPG

 

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It behaved like a bee, hovering and apparently sucking nectar from heather flowers.  It didn't have any obvious nectar pouches on its legs.  I'd love to know what it is, we've holidayed in this area of Scotland for over ten years and never come across these before.  Thanks.

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    Oct 6, 2013 8:47 PM (in response to AlisonH)
    Re: ID this fly please

    Tachina grossa, one of the UK's largest flies. Its larvae parasitise caterpillars.

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        Oct 6, 2013 9:46 PM (in response to AlisonH)
        Re: ID this fly please

        I don't know much about Bugs Britannica but there are about 20,000 species of insects in the UK and so any book can only cover a selection. And when having to choose what to miss out the Tachnidae would likely come near the top of that list - they're mostly unattractive and they have rather gruesome lifestyles - they're all parasites, I think.

         

        For IDing flies diptera.info might be a good place to look -

        http://www.diptera.info/news.php

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