Species: Fly - unnamed 1 (Sicus ferrugineus)

Family: Thick-headed flies (CONOPIDAE)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: Widespread

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Thick-headed flies (CONOPIDAE)

Thick-headed flies are one of the families of 'true flies' (or diptera, which includes house flies, hover flies, crane flies and fruit flies). Thick-headed flies often mimic bees or wasps in order to parasite these other species.

C. Fly - unnamed 1 (Sicus ferrugineus)

The larvae of Sicus ferrugineus, which is a common species, are internal parasites of either bees or wasps. Their bright yellow heads are conspicuously large with red eyes. They feed on nectar or pollen.

Images

Fly - unnamed 1 (Sicus ferrugineus)

The bright yellow heads of Sicus ferrugineus are conspicuously large with red eyes. Their abdomens often appear rolled up underneath them.

(Photo credit: Stuart MA Ball.)

Fly - unnamed 1 (Sicus ferrugineus)

The bright yellow heads of Sicus ferrugineus are conspicuously large with red eyes. Their abdomens often appear rolled up underneath them.

Fly - unnamed 1 (Sicus ferrugineus)

The bright yellow heads of Sicus ferrugineus are conspicuously large with red eyes. Their abdomens often appear rolled up underneath them.

Fly - unnamed 1 (Sicus ferrugineus)

The bright yellow heads of Sicus ferrugineus are conspicuously large with red eyes. Their abdomens often appear rolled up underneath them.