Fly and fern
A visit to the wildflower arboretum recently led me to trillium, bluebells, and this ugly fellow:
At first sight, it was just a interesting fly in a nice setting, but I think this is a tachnid fly. These flies are predators of moths and butterflies – the larva feed on caterpillars. One species of this fly was introduced in the northeast to control gypsy moth, but the fly isn’t specific to that gypsy moth, and has almost wiped out one beautiful moth species in my area.