Spiky (Tachinid Fly, Epalpus signifer)

spiky-haired tachinid fly with black abdomen on small weed flower
Lunch on a little weed flower for a tachinid fly.

I think I’ve got the ID right on this one. Epalpus signifer, like most tachinids that I have come across, have spiky hairs that are both inviting and off-putting. Kind of how a burr might have an interesting form but you’d really rather it not land on you. Of course, a burr is probably more dangerous than these flies, hairs and all.

(Another win for the weed patch, by the way. For an additional shot with a different angle, plus black and whites, see below.)

This is a globbie, short for globular springtail. Springtails have some varied appearances, some, for instance, being more bristly.
Lunch on a little weed flower for a tachinid fly. (Black and white version)
spiky-haired tachinid fly with black abdomen on small weed flower facing towards camera
A tachinid fly with its distinct spiky hairs takes a meal on a weed flower. (Black and white version)
spiky-haired tachinid fly with black abdomen on small weed flower facing towards camera
A tachinid fly with its distinct spiky hairs takes a meal on a weed flower.
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