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Tachinid Fly

This rather spectacular fly is a male Phasia hemiptera (Diptera: Tachinidae).  I twice saw females of this species last summer: once in Reading and once in Barnard Castle, but this is my first male.  As the name suggests, their larvae are thought to parasitise various hemipteran bugs.

Photos taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2011-07-27.

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