The Mating of Sicus ferrugineus, a European species of Fly

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Sicus ferrugineus is a species of fly from the genus Sicus in the family Conopidae. It is common throughout much of body is mainly reddish-brown or yellow-brown. The head is yellow, quite large and inflated-looking, with a kind of bubble at the front, narrow cheeks and short antennae. The large eyes are reddish. When in resting position the abdomen is usually folded adults grow up to 8--13 millimetres ( in) long and can be encountered from May through September, feeding on nectar or pollen of various Asteraceae species (Hieracium pilosella, Thistle Cirsium species, etc.), Apiaceae species, Parsley Petroselinum sp.) and Rosaceae species, (Blackberries Rubus sp.).Their larvae are endoparasites of bumble bees of the genus Bombus (B. lapidarius, B. terrestris, B. hortorum, B. pascuorum, etc.). They pupate and overwinter in their Credit: PristurusLicense: CC BY-SA

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