I think the cold wet spring affected some of our insect populations. I am not seeing much when I go out, but now that the woodland angelica is starting to bloom there seems to be more things flying about.
(Don't think any of these are new to BNB.)
A Tachinid – Belvosia sp.
(Edit - Sept. 19, 2017. IDed by J. O'Hara as Belvosia borealis Aldrich - see below )
I first found one of these in 2014 (Here), and did not see another until a few weeks ago. Found this one today just off the highway, at the Larch Swale trail.
A Beefly – Villa fulviana (poss. V. nigricauda)
Saw this just behind the HJF Forestry complex. I collected it and am calling it V. fulviana because it has yellow pile on the face; but apparently it and V. nigricauda can have similar characteristics.
Conopid fly – Physocephala furcillata
Parasitic on bees.
A common Marsh Fly – Tetanocera plebeja
Found behind the HJF complex.
Terrific shots, Danny! I'm anxious to see one of those Belvosia tachinid flies one of these days. Coincidentally I photographed the same bee fly (Villa fulviana/nigricauda) today on the first flowering Asters in the yard.
Very nice variety Danny, and great shots! Love the Conopid Fly with the unique shape.
I too have been seeing more on my walks, depending on the time of day. There were mostly bees around 5pm.
Thanks Stu and Nancy. That tachinid is large and obvious, but Jim O'Hara, a tachinid specialist in Ottawa, told me in 2015 that there are none recorded for the Maritimes and that there could be 5 different species in this area. I told him if I ever caught one I'd send it along to him. So I will package this up and ship it.
Jim O'Hara got back to me today with the above ID. He says the first Canadian record was from Ontario in 2001, but this is the first specimen he has seen from the Maritimes.