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Phasia hemiptera

The parasitic fly below was first seen in our garden in July 2002. It's a real eye-catcher among flies: the wings are really beautiful. For parasitic flies especially this is remarkable, for most have a pair of plain wings. The depicted specimen is a male: the female has plain and much smaller wings. This parasitic fly deposits the eggs in shield bugs. Measuring 12 to 15 millimeters this is quite a striking species in gardens. The male is in the top pictures, the female is in the bottom pictures.