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Genus Lespesia

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Tachinidae
Subfamily Exoristinae
Tribe Eryciini
Genus Lespesia
Explanation of Names
Lespesia Robineau-Desvoidy 1863
Numbers
the largest genus of the tribe in NA, with >30 spp. in our area(1)
Size
typically 5-7 mm(1)
Range
Holarctic, Neotropical, Australasian(2)
Food
Hosts include a wide variety of moths and occasional members of other insect orders in the most common spp. of this genus(1)
Recorded from a tenthredinid sawfly and many species of Lepidoptera in the following families: Arctiidae, Citheroniidae, Danaidae, Geometridae, Lycaenidae, Noctuidae, Notodontidae, Nymphalidae, Papilionidae, Pieridae, Pyralidae and Yponomeutidae
Remarks
L. archippivora has been used as biological control of some moth pests such as armyworms, but this can backfire because it feeds on many species beside the target one, for instance monarch butterflies (Lindsey et al. 2009)
The following economically important pests are known to be hosts: fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith); beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (Hübner); cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni (Hübner); imported cabbageworm, Pieris rapae (L.); and cotton bollworm, Heliothis zea (Boddie).
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