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Tachina grossa - Giant Tachinid Fly, Finland Tachina grossa is the largest Tachinid in Europe. It is fairly rare in eastern Finland and I have seen it only a few times. As a fly it's a very impressive sight. Diptera,Finland,Geotagged,Pohjois-Karjala,Scandinavia,Summer,Tachina,Tachina grossa,Tachinid,Tachinidae,giant tachinid fly,insect Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Tachina grossa - Giant Tachinid Fly, Finland

Tachina grossa is the largest Tachinid in Europe. It is fairly rare in eastern Finland and I have seen it only a few times. As a fly it's a very impressive sight.

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  1. What a remarkable yellow face it has, never heard of it. Posted 3 years ago
    1. I hadn't heard it either until I met my first one. I've seen it only three times up to date. Posted 3 years ago
  2. The beauty and the beat, what a lovely shot!
    I love these flies with not so nice table manners. Must find some shots from France :) not in action, better at rest!
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. They are pretty nice creatures :). Thanks Annette!
      Posted 3 years ago
  3. Good find Ari. Maybe this fly thinks it is a bumblebee. So many images of T grossa on the same plant.. anyone know the plant? Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks for the feedback Mark. I believe the plant to be a Wild Angelika (Angelika sylvestris) which attracts many insects. I've seen for example dozens of wasps on one plant. I'm not 100% sure about the plants ID because there are a couple of relatives which are quite similar, for example Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris). Posted 3 years ago

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''Tachina grossa'' or giant tachinid fly is a very large tachinid fly found throughout most of Western Europe. At 15–19 millimetres it is one of the largest species of fly throughout much of its range and is the largest tachinid in Europe. It is very distinctive, being hairy and with a black thorax and abdomen, and a bright yellow head.

Like most tachinid flies, the female lays her eggs on other living insect larva, the fly larvae then develop inside the living host, devouring it and.. more

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Ari Parviainen
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By Ari Parviainen

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Uploaded Mar 21, 2016. Captured Jul 31, 2012 11:56 in Hopeakalliontie 47, 82655 Tohmajärvi, Finland.
  • NIKON D3000
  • f/6.3
  • 1/250s
  • ISO200
  • 155mm