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Tachinid Fly

Tachinidae

Description:

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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9 Comments

keithp2012
keithp2012 8 years ago

Thanks Student!

keithp2012
keithp2012 8 years ago

These are very common here

keithp2012
keithp2012 9 years ago

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

keithp2012
keithp2012 10 years ago

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

JulieGoodbloodClark
JulieGoodbloodClark 10 years ago

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

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Great photo! Congrats! I really like it!

keithp2012
keithp2012 10 years ago

Thank You!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 10 years ago

Amazing pic.

keithp2012
keithp2012 10 years ago

id needed

keithp2012
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keithp2012

West Babylon, New York, USA

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

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