Conopidae

Pronunciation:  [Con·OH·pe⋅dae]

Common Name:    Thick-headed Flies

Description:  Adults are wasp mimics with an abdomen that is narrowly joined to the thorax.   Most species have a bulbous head with a long proboscis.  They hover near flowers, feed on nectar, and lay their eggs on other visiting pollinators (mostly bees).   The larvae are internal parasitoids of their hosts.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Wasp-like with abdomen tapered anteriorly
  2. Long proboscis

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Order:  Diptera