Tachinid fly (Gonia crassicornis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Tachinid fly (Gonia crassicornis)

Beneficial: Parasitic Fly. controls pest caterpillars of cash crops (think armyworm!) which they use as food for their developing larva.  The larvae of this one apparently also feed on May beetles. (source: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1041335)

Learn: https://texasinsects.tamu.edu/tachinid-and-flesh-flies/

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)

See also: http://calhouncountywaspsandflies.org/Gonia-crassicornis/

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