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Unknown insect on back of Bee - Apocephalus borealis

Unknown insect on back of Bee - Apocephalus borealis
Silverton, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Size: Tiny
I took this sometime in the Spring of 2008 and just wondered if anyone could identify the insect on the Bee's back. Taken in the morning. Thanks for any help, Kimberly

Image use
I am a graduate student currently working on my master's thesis presentation on phorids, and I was wondering if I could use this photo.

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urgent request
Hello Kimberly
Would you be able to email me: mruby [at]
Alternatives is Canada's environment magazine. I would like to request your permission for your amazing shot of Apocephalus borealis on the back of the bee. I look forward to hearing from you.
Marcia Ruby
Creative Director
Alternatives Journal

Moved from Flies.

Moved from ID Request.

Looks like a fly.
Tighter cropping would probably help in ID.

Apocephalus (Mesophora) borealis (Diptera: Phoridae). They are parasitoids of bumble bees and other hosts. Cool photo.


Thank you
Thanks for the id. It is one of those cool shots you don't know you've taken til you get home. Thanks again, Kimberly


Would you please email me at my work address bbrown[at] Your photo is scientifically important, and I'd like to discuss it with you.


Brian, Would you have a look at the fly pics I recently posted to ID request? After reading some of the info from the links Matt submitted(general discussion), I remembered that there were a few pics of this fly, present during a shoot of a Honey bee on citrus blooms.
Thank you. gary

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