16 December 2012

Tachinid, No. 1 Line

Recently I've been making frequent trips up the No. 1 Line track, and have been rewarded with sightings of deer and NZ falcons (karearea; Falco novaeseelandiae). But plenty of smaller wildlife offers fascinating rewards too, and this is one — a big bristle fly, one of the group of parasitic flies in the family Tachinidae. For some weeks now, each time I've waited for the water to boil so I can make tea, this fly (or one of its mates — I can't distinguish the individuals) has come and hung out on the seat next to me. It's big — about the size of a big blowfly — and after numerous meetings, feels like a friend.

[If you haven't already noticed, I published a new post on Pohanginapete a week or so ago.]

[15 December 2012, Canon 20D, 100 mm f2.8 macro, ISO 200, 1/640s at f4]

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Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
Invite the acrocerid as well and have a bit of a party!

pohanginapete said...

Kia ora Robb. I deliberately didn't mention the acrocerid ;^)

Make sure you check the latest photograph. A Christmas present for you, from the Ruahine and me.