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Fly with Thick White Bands

Fly with Thick White Bands
Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, USA
May 12, 2013
This "fly" was perched on a cardoon plant. It did not move at all, even when I touched it, as if paralyzed or dead. The following day it was gone.

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Fly with Thick White Bands Fly with Thick White Bands

Moved from Muscoidea.

Moved from ID Request.

Muscoidea, probably Anthomyiidae, with fungus infection. The fungus makes flies perch high up on plants to help spread spores.

Interesting. I suspected the
Interesting. I suspected the white stuff was not part of the normal anatomy. Thanks!

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