Contributed by G. Kittell
The tachinid fly's a parasite by
Laying its eggs on an insect-like host;
From eggs come a fry which makes the host die
By going inside and eating out most.
The larvae when grown leave hosts they have known
And drop to the ground on a long silk thread,
And lying there prone in brown pupa tone
In 10 days become a black fly instead.
The tachinid fly I'm sure's justified
But parasites seem to represent sin;
This insect whereby, with 2 big red eyes,
Invades my senses and eats my within.
-- G. Kittell, 2006