Tachinid Fly (Belvosia borealis)
A tachinid fly feeds on the flowers of Queen Anne's lace outside of Imboden, Arkansas. These specialized true flies have a very interesting reproductive behavior. The eggs (or newly hatched larvae - depending on the species) is laid on a very unlucky host (usually a caterpillar) where the larvae bores into the body. It will begin to eat its host alive, eventually killing it, and soon after emerge as an adult, ready to breed and repeat the cycle.
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