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aterrimus or instabilis

Archytas sp. - Archytas Tachinid Fly - Archytas Archytas aterrimus - female I keep going in circles with this one... - Archytas aterrimus - female Archytas metallicus? - Archytas Large Fly - Archytas what black gray insect - Archytas dark blue tachinid - Archytas
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
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. Some may represent a third, undescribed species recently found in the Ozark Mountains.