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Conopid Fly

Observed: 24th July 2008 By: DioctriaDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in InvertebratesDioctria’s reputation in Invertebrates
Physocephala rufipes
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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dshubble's picture

P. rufipes

Another nice shot - clearly shows the reddish/brownish tinge on the 'wasp-waist', plus the dusty-yellow colour of the other abdominal bands - also the position of the cross-vein that makes it this genus,

Dave

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conopid flies

Many species of conopid are parasioids on bumblebees, laying their eggs into the abdomen of the adult bees. I haven't checked up on this particular species but I assume it has similar behaviour. The bees are eventually killed by the fly's larva devloping inside them.

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dshubble's picture

P. rufipes

This one is a parasitoid of several Bombus species, plus Vespula rufa,

Dave