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Four-banded Beegrabber (Conops quadrifasciatus) One of 24 species of Thick-headed flies to be found in the UK, all of which are endoparasitoids of bees and wasps.<br />
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The process by which which this is achieved might seem a tad grisly to us, but is just another of nature&#039;s inventive ways to ensure perpetual renewal.<br />
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You can read about it in the information which accompanies this video:   <section class="video"><iframe width="448" height="282" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/nSNLC5pJvUQ?hd=1&autoplay=0&rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></section>                   Conops quadrifasciatus,Geotagged,Summer,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Four-banded Beegrabber (Conops quadrifasciatus)

One of 24 species of Thick-headed flies to be found in the UK, all of which are endoparasitoids of bees and wasps.

The process by which which this is achieved might seem a tad grisly to us, but is just another of nature's inventive ways to ensure perpetual renewal.

You can read about it in the information which accompanies this video:

    comments (3)

  1. "The adult conopid will emerge the following spring." - I had no idea it was such a length process. Posted 3 months ago
    1. The body of the host underground provides a warm safe place for the larvae to hibernate, which is logical when you think about it. :-) Posted 3 months ago
      1. That does make sense, my brain is a little foggy at times :) Posted 3 months ago

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''Conops quadrifasciatus'' is a species of fly from the genus ''Conops'' in the family Conopidae. Their larvae are endoparasites of bumble bees of the genus ''Bombus''. It is common throughout much of Europe.

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Philip Booker
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Uploaded Feb 28, 2022. Captured Jul 16, 2021 12:17 in 65 Crespin Way, Brighton BN1 7FL, UK.
  • DSC-RX10M4
  • f/4.0
  • 1/400s
  • ISO100
  • 216.73mm