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Sicus Ferrugineus

The bee-parasite Sicus ferrugineus (Diptera: Conopidae) on ragwort.  I have previously blogged about this rather strange-looking fly back in June, here.  As I stated back then, these flies lay their eggs on bumble bees.  While I was taking the present photos the subject flew up and momentarily 'touched' a passing bumble bee.  I presume that this was an attempt at egg-laying, though I am unable to say whether it was a successful attempt.

Photos taken on Hangingstone, near Guisborough, North Yorkshire, UK, on 2009-08-01.

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