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Species Compsilura concinnata

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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 Blondeliini
Genus Compsilura
Species concinnata (Compsilura concinnata)
Explanation of Names
Compsilura concinnata (Meigen 1824)
Range
native to the Palaearctic; introduced and established in ne. US and se. Canada (west to MB-MN-IL, south to VA) and along the Pacific Coast (BC-CA)(1)
Food
hosts: almost 200 spp. in dozens of families in Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, and Coleoptera(1)(2)
It attacks some pest species such as forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria), satin moth (Leucoma salicis) and brown-tail moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) in addition to the gypsy moth. But it also feeds on other moths and butterflies, particularly in the families Nymphalidae and Saturniidae.
Remarks
Introduced from Europe to combat the Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) around 1906. Since then it has spread to attack many native species, including some threatened ones. (Elkinton & Boettner 2004)
Internet References
Fact sheet (Mahr 1999)
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic and host catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico
2.Tachinidae: evolution, behavior, and ecology
Stireman J.O., III, O'Hara J.E., Wood D.M. 2006. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 51: 525–555.