Category Archives: Tachinidae


Bristle Fly?

The flies in the Family Tachinidae could very well take the common name of ‘Bristle Fly’, due to the many stiff hairs that cover the abdomen of many species. My dismal April Fool’s post was indeed a Tachinid […]

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Macro Tip #2: How to stop insects from moving

One of the most common questions I get in workshops is, “Was it alive when you photographed it?”, and when I insist that it was, the next question is invariably “So, how do you stop […]

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You’re Not

Why not? (Photographed on a sign at a in-situ dinosaur fossil display, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.)

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The Spider and the Fly – Argiope and Peleteria

The gum weeds around a fossil display area at Dinosaur Provincial Park were a-hum with insects — bees, flies, wasps and butterflies. I spotted a Argiope spider in the middle of her web amoung the […]

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Garden Bugs of August #3

Another tachinid, this fly has been identified at BugGuide to genus Peleteria. (Diptera (Flies) » Calyptratae » Oestroidea » Tachinidae » Tachininae » Tachinini » Peleteria) The Tachinidae have a home page at the North American […]

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Garden Bugs of August #2

From August into Fall, the Asters are humming with visitors. This is a Tachina sp., one of two spiky tachnid flies that were visiting this day. While seen here innocently feeding on nectar in the […]

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