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A Mating pair of "Ladybird flies", (female in front)
David7

A Mating pair of "Ladybird flies", (female in front) (Gymnosoma rotundatum)

Gymnosoma rotundatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Common name “Ladybird Fly” (A shield bug parasitoid fly).
Flight season…June to October
Size: Length: 4.5mm to 8mm “Gymnosoma” translates into “naked body” quite possibly named, as they are noticeably less bristly, than other Tachinidae flies.
Hosts: Ladybird flies are parasitic and lay their eggs on Sheild bugs, after hatching the larvae bore into the unfortunate Sheild bug. When the larvae are near the stage of pupating, they exit the Sheild bug and pupate in the ground.
Habitat
Calcareous grasslands, wastelands, heathlands, parks, gardens, sandy areas, coastal and woodland edges.
Date taken
August 2019
Scientific name
Gymnosoma rotundatum
Equipment used
Nikon

Media information

Category
Invertebrates
Added by
David7
Date added
View count
72
Comment count
4

Image metadata

Device
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Focal length
105.0 mm
Exposure time
1/200 second(s)
ISO
100
Flash
Off, did not fire
Filename
DSC_8846Wnc copy.jpg
File size
139.8 KB
Date taken
Sat, 10 August 2019 8:50 AM
Dimensions
1001px x 1124px

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