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aterrimus or instabilis

Tachnid 1515 - Archytas Bg1412 C2755 - Archytas Fly - Archytas Pararchytas SP.? - Archytas Archytas big metallic tachinid? - Archytas Archytas? - Archytas - female 9048853 tach - Archytas - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Tachinidae (Bristle Flies)
Subfamily Tachininae
Tribe Tachinini
Genus Archytas
No Taxon aterrimus or instabilis
Dull to shining black thorax (including scutellum), shiny black to dark blue abdomen, black hairs on side of face.
Widespread and common east of Rocky Mountains, rare in Southwest.
Most of the flies placed here are Archytas aterrimus. A. instabilis is rare.