A Feather-legged Fly

I saw this unusual fly the other day.  It is fairly distinctive, and easily identified as Trichopoda pennipes.  This fly lays eggs on other insects–mostly stink bugs– family Pentatomidae.  The larva burrow into the host and later emerge and pupate.  The host insect dies.

I am not sure of the function of the feathery legs.


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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2 Responses to A Feather-legged Fly

  1. Finn Holding says:

    That’s a nice macro shot. Did you use a macro lens or externsion tubes? I want to do macro photography and I’m trying to decide which way to go.

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