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A Fly Imitating a Spider Wasp? - Hermetia illucens

A Fly Imitating a Spider Wasp? - Hermetia illucens
Powhatan County, Virginia, USA
July 28, 2005
This fly seemed to mimic a spider wasp. It even moved its wings in the same manner when not flying. Can anyone ID it?

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A Fly Imitating a Spider Wasp? - Hermetia illucens A Fly Imitating a Spider Wasp - Hermetia illucens

Black Soldier Fly
This is a specimen of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens. I tend to think they mimic the organ pipe mud dauber, Trypoxylon politum, as they have the same general 'profile,' and sometimes even behave like those wasps. A neat insect!

 
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Thanks!
Chris :-)

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