Tachinid Fly

Tachina grossa


Over all length 14 - 20mm. The largest of the tachinid flies, looks a little like a bumblebee. The thorax and abdomen are black and very hairy, the head is pale yellowish-white.


Woodland edges and heathlands. Lays its eggs on hairy caterpillars.

Status and distribution

Widespread but local in Britain. One record for the reserve.

Best time to see

July to August.