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Species Zelia vertebrata

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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 (Parasitic Flies)
Subfamily Dexiinae
Tribe Dexiini
Genus Zelia
Species vertebrata (Zelia vertebrata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dexia vertebrata Say, 1829
Explanation of Names
Probably named after the pattern on the abdomen.
Identification
In the Northeast probably distinguishable from other species by the abdominal pattern combined with absence of strong bristles on the first two segments of the abdomen.

Note-there is also an undescribed species of Zelia that resembles vertebrata, known from Kentucky (O'Hara & Stireman, 2016) and Pennsylvania. Some photos placed in vertebrata may be this species.
Range
Most of United States, southern Canada, Mexico
Food
Parasitoid of beetles (like most Dexiini)
Internet References
O'Hara, J.E. and J.O. Stireman III. 2016. Tachinidae of the Red River Gorge area of eastern Kentucky. Tachinid Times Issue 29. PDF