Parasitic fly

Parasitic fly

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Credit: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Parasitic fly (Phryxe sp.), artwork. This species of tachinid fly is often seen lingering around nettle foliage (Urtica sp.) because it lays its eggs on the larvae of species of butterflies and (Lepidoptera). The fly larva bores its way through the skin and becomes an endoparasitoid. The fly is characterised by a hairy body.

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