Spider captures a bird

Spider captures a bird

Photo by Ann Harwell. Argiope spider consumes a sparrow near Wendell, NC, August 2017. A fellow North Carolinian recently posted this amazing photo on our Facebook page (thanks for sharing!) of an Argiope spider that caught a sparrow, and I…

Gymnoclytia sp

Gymnoclytia sp

Gymnoclytia sp. female Tachinid Fly Family: Tachinidae Subfamily: Phasiinae Length: typically about 4 mm Unlike flies in the related genus Gymnosoma, flies in Gymnoclytia have a pair of crossed bristles at the apex of the scutellum. Also in contrast to…

Trichocera sp

Trichocera sp

Winter Crane Flies Family: Trichoceridae Subfamily: Trichocerinae Wingspan: 5-11 mm Traits of the Winter Crane Flies include hairy antennae with a 16-segmented flagellum (the segments become indistinct toward the distal end). The legs, while fragile, do not fall off as…

Trichopoda pennipes

Trichopoda pennipes

Feather-Legged Fly Family: Tachinidae Subfamily: Phasiinae Length: typically 8-13 mm Flies in the genus Trichopoda are believed to be among the more primitive Tachinids. In other genera, eggs undergo development within the female fly’s body, then are placed within the…

Resolutions for 2017

Resolutions for 2017

Resolutions for 2017 Ok, so we didn’t quite meet those resolutions for 2017. What are our resolutions for 2017? Take care of the humidity issue. Persistent monitoring and reporting are key to resolving this potential problem. We’ll also look into…

Phasia sp

Phasia sp

Phasia sp.Tachinid Fly Family: Tachinidae Subfamily: Phasiinae Length: typically 5 to 7 mm In Phasia the abdomen is dorsally flattened, and typically is dark-colored. In the smaller number of species where the abdomen is not dark-colored, the abdomen has a…

Juriniopsis adusta

Juriniopsis adusta

Tachinid Fly Family: Tachinidae Subfamily: Tachininae Length: typically 7-8 mm Sabrosky (1969) lists the characteristics of the genus Juriniopsis, and they include bare eyes, a lack of ocellar bristles, and palpi that are elongate “and somewhat spatulate.” D.M. Wood, writing…