Tachina fera

Tachina fera

This is certainly a fly you cannot miss with it’s bright orange abdomen, dark stripe and bristly appearance. It is fairly large, too, as flies go with a length of 9-16mm (0.4-0.6in).

Tachina fera

This one was taken with my Water Mint, feeding on its nectar. The adults are usually seen May to September. They are fairly common in England and Wales. The larvae are parasites of caterpillars and other larvae.

Tachina fera

Tachina fera

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August 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

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20 thoughts on “Tachina fera

  1. What Fab photos. A species we get down here as well.

    Can one still say fab, Pete? πŸ™‚
    (”F.A.B, M’lady”, as Parker used to say …. if you remember Thunderbirds.)

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    1. One can still say fab, indeed Ark, and thank you πŸ™‚ I do remember Thunderbirds, and Joe 90 and Stingray πŸ™‚

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  2. Ohh.. I love these amazing pictures. You must have a very good macro lens and be very patient. Macro is real fun and also exciting when you capture these tiny creatures in our world.

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    1. Thank you very much, Anita πŸ™‚ I have a Sigma 105mm macro lens, which is my most favourite lens. And yes, one has to be patient, and with a little added luck, too.

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      1. I have a Tamron AF 90mm 2.8 DI SP A/M 01:01 macro lens and IΒ΄m quite happy with it but for the moment I can`t find any insects or butterflies, at least not at our terrace. I have to get out to the real nature and search for them, thatΒ΄s fun πŸ˜€

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      2. I have heard much great praise about the Tamron 90mm. It is always fun getting out and about amidst the wonderful natural world! πŸ™‚

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  3. What a handsome fellow! I’m always in awe of your ability to get such clear photos. I keep trying to bribe my subjects to just sit still, already! but it doesn’t seem to do much good. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Linda πŸ™‚ This one wouldn’t keep still either. I just had to get the timing right and hoped it would drink the nectar longer on one blossom or the other.

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    1. Thank you very much, Marilyn πŸ™‚ Quite a difficult one as it was out over the garden pond and hardly kept still.

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