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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Archytas metallicus

Tachinid Fly - Archytas metallicus Archytas metallicus bristle-butt fly? - Archytas metallicus - male Gymnosoma? - Archytas metallicus White-faced Fly? - Archytas metallicus - female Is this Archytas metallicus? - Archytas metallicus - female Tachinine Flies Tribe Tachinini? - Archytas metallicus Tachinid - Archytas metallicus - female
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 Tachininae
Tribe Tachinini
Genus Archytas
Species metallicus (Archytas metallicus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Archytas metallicus (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830)
Synonyms, etc.
Jurinia metallica Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
Several names were proposed for this species, and it was confused with Archytas hystrix Fabricius, but literature references since 1931 should be reliable.
Identification
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.
Range
Most of contiguous USA, Mexico
Food
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.