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Tachinid Fly



The tachinid flies is by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural enemies of major pests. Many species of tachinids have been introduced into North America from their native lands to suppress populations of alien pests. Tachinid flies differ in color, size, and shape, but many somewhat resemble house flies. They usually are either gray, black, or striped, and often have many distinct abdominal bristles. Most tachinids attack caterpillars and adult and larval beetles. Other species kill sawfly larvae, various types of true bugs, grasshoppers, or other types of insects. There are many important pests in the North Central states that are suppressed by tachinids.



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keithp2012 7 years ago

Thanks Student!

keithp2012 7 years ago

These are very common here

keithp2012 8 years ago

Thank You, I think around here they attack gypsy moth and eastern tent caterpillars.

keithp2012 9 years ago

Lucky shot I guess, and a fly that didn't fly away so quickly.

wowsa!!!!! how did you get so much detail…sweet!!!!!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Great photo! Congrats! I really like it!

keithp2012 9 years ago

Thank You!

ulvalactuca77 9 years ago

Amazing pic.

keithp2012 9 years ago

id needed

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West Babylon, New York, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2011
Submitted on May 22, 2011

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