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Cylindromyia brassicaria

Cylindromyia brassicaria
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-05-11
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-05-26 7:21
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Points: 6
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Cylindromyia brassicaria (Fabricius, 1775)
Diptera: Tachinidae

Cylindromyia brassicaria is a tachinid parasitoid (6-7mm long)of Pentatomids. This species of tachinids is diurnal and feeds on the nectar of flowering plants as well as honeydew. Here it feeds on nectar of wild plant Chrysanthemum sagetum.

After mating, the fertilized females lay their eggs inside or even on the surface of larger adult stink bugs. The female achieves this by holding the host insect in a complicated clamp apparatus. The females have no ovipositors. The larvae hatch and then overwinter in their hosts. They leave in June of the following year by boring their way out through the outer skin of the host. In general, this infestation does not kill the stink bugs. The Cylindromyia brassicaria larvae then pupate.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-05-26 14:54]

HI Nikos,another very professional macro,a very small diptera in the yellow flower,the best details and bright colors,well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-05-26 15:06]

Hello Nikos
An outstanding macro shot of this neat little insect. The detail is awesome with perfect clarity. I like its unique markings and beautiful colors. What an interesting way to raise their young through parasitic means. Great presentation.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-05-28 4:08]

hello Nikos,
Interesting species, we have quite similar species in my country.
Take care

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