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Tachinidae fly eggs on shield bug

Observed: 4th June 2011 By: virilathvirilath’s reputation in Invertebratesvirilath’s reputation in Invertebratesvirilath’s reputation in Invertebrates
Tachinidae fly eggs on shield bug
Description:

Okay, so it's a shield bug. But are those eggs glued to it? I saw two shield bugs with these white, egg-like objects on them today. Are they shield bug's eggs, or is some other species using the shield bug in some way?

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Mark at Magdalen's picture

I think these are probably

I think these are probably tachinid fly eggs.

Matt Smith's picture

Tachinid eggs

These are indeed Tachind eggs.

If anyone finds any Shield Bugs of any species with eggs attached, I would be very grateful if you could collect them and send them to me alive so I can rear out the parasite. We have very few rearing records of Tachinid parasites from bugs, so any records are very useful.

I can be contacted via the Recording Scheme website at matt.smith(at)tachinidae.org.uk

Tachinid Recording Scheme

www.tachinidae.org.uk

TRS Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tachinid-Recording-Scheme/376652392364707

Matt Smith's picture

Subclytia

No guarantee that these eggs belong to Subclytia, there are a number of Tachinids that will lay eggs of this type on Shieldbugs.

Tachinid Recording Scheme

www.tachinidae.org.uk

TRS Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tachinid-Recording-Scheme/376652392364707