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The Tachinid Recording Scheme is very grateful to the many contributors who have allowed us to use their photographs. If anyone thinks that their image lacks the correct attribution they are encouraged to contact us and we will endeavor to correct it immediately.
In no particular order, these are the images that I have used for the website banners with a little explanation of what they are, their significance and who owns their copyright:
Chrysosomopsis aurata - A very rare species known from only 2 records from the Stroud area. This particular specimen is from Russia and is used courtesy of the Moscow Zoological Museum. Image © Dave Dare.
Tachina magnicornis - a species that has only recently been recorded from the Channel Isles. Image © Malcolm Storey, www.bioimages.org.uk.
Exorista rustica (male) - a common species in summer, often seen nectaring on umbellifers such as Wild Parsnip. Image © Malcolm Storey, www.bioimages.org.uk
Germaria ruficeps - an incredibly rare species in the UK, characterised by the very unusual head shape and the very long arista segments 1 & 2. This specimen is from Russia (Urals) and is used courtesy of the Moscow Zoological Museum. Image © Dave Dare.
Macquartia tessellum (male) - known from only 2 specimens in the UK, this species is a parasitoid of beetle larvae. This photo shows one of the classic and defining features of 99% of tachinids - their 'subscutellum' - the bulge in the center of the image, under the scutellar bristles. This and the next photo are of Armenian specimens collected by Adrian Pont and used courtesy of the Natural History Museum, London. Image © Dave Dare.
Macquartia tessellum (male)
Microsoma exiguum - a very unusual tachinid that is probably under-recorded due to its tiny size. This specimen is from Russia (Caucasus, Adygeya) and is used courtesy of the Moscow Zoological Museum. Image © Dave Dave.
Opesia cana (male) - a very rare species in the UK but highly characteristic, with its concave back of the head and large eyes. This specimen was collected in Armenia by Adrian Pont and is used courtesy of the Natural History Museum, London. Image © Dave Dare.
Subclytia rotundiventris - an unusual species in the UK with a highly scattered distribution. It is a bug parasitoid and is sometimes reared from pentatomid bugs found with small, cream-coloured eggs stuck behind the head. Image © Malcolm Storey, www.bioimages.org.uk