Archytas Apicifer

Archytas apicifer is a fly in the family Tachinidae. These large flies can be seen pollinating flowers in summer where the resemblance to bees gives them some protection from predators. Like many Tachinids, the immatures feed on other insects.  The female flies lay their eggs on several species of caterpillar including armyworms, fall webworm, cutworms and hornworms. The fly larvae hatch and burrow into the host caterpillar, kill it and feed on the tissue. Archytas apicifer is common in Indiana and is distributed throughout North and South America