Readers say it's a fly

UPDATE 11:58 a.m.

The verdict is in: the insect that looks like a ladybug and fly combined is a fly.

Numerous people recognized the insect as a Gymnosoma of the Trachinidae family.

They can reach a length of 5–7.5 millimetres (0.20–0.30 in).

The parasitic flies have a black thorax and a spherical yellowish-red abdomen with reduced bristles and black markings, often large and triangle-shaped, sometimes touching. On the inner side of the eyes there are black stripes. The males of this species have yellowish dusting on the first part of the thorax.

Is it a ladybug?

Is is a fly?

Judging by the picture sent to Castanet, it's a bit of both.

While it is not nearly as creepy as some of the other entrants in the 'What is that thing?' category, it is a bit of a mystery.

Well, to those of us who don't know a thing about insects it is a mystery, but rest assured there is a Castanet reader out there who knows exactly what it is.

If that's you, send me an email so I can tell everyone else.

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