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Species Archytas metallicus

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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 Tachininae
Tribe Tachinini
Genus Archytas
Species metallicus (Archytas metallicus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Jurinia metallica Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
Archytas metallicus
Several names were proposed for this species, and it was confused with hystrix Fabricius, but literature references since 1931 should be reliable.
In most of its range (except for the Florida Keys), distinguished by the dark brown calypters. Otherwise, slightly shining and with dark hairs on the side of the face. The abdomen varies from mostly red with a narrow black line to nearly black with only faintly visible reddish patches.
Most of contiguous USA, Mexico
Parasitoid of Datana (Noctuoidea); other host records are suspect.(1)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the genus Archytas (Diptera: Tachinidae) for America north of Mexico
Ravlin F.W., Stehr F.W. 1984. Misc. Publs Ent. Soc. Am. 58: 1-59.