CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Satellite Fly
New to my buggy life list.
A member of the Flesh Flies family (Sarcophagidae)
Kleptoparasites of wasps. They are called satellite flies because of their habit of tracking sphecid wasps looking for nest provisions. Where ever the wasp goes the fly is sure to follow hovering behind until the wasp finds its prey and brings it to the nest location.
“This group of flies has a rather interesting way of reproducing. Unlike most insects, they don’t lay eggs. Instead of eggs, they lay young larvae which immediately begin feeding. This puts them at an advantage over the wasp eggs, which must incubate a few days to a few weeks before they hatch.”
Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)