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analis complex

A fly to ID if possible - Archytas Archytas - Archytas apicifer Fly - Tachinidae - Posterior - Archytas - female Fly on Deciduous Holly - Archytas Bottle Fly? - Archytas Leschenaultia? - Archytas Archytas analis ? - Archytas fly - 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 analis complex
The name "analis complex" was used by Curran and later Ravlin and Stehr(1) to refer to a group of oft-confused species related to Archytas analis. This group includes the majority of North American Archytas (Archytas). Species have a dull, olive to yellow thorax, dark and shining abdomen, and only pale hairs on the face. The fifth tergite may have a pair of pale spots on the sides. The species apicifer and californiae are widespread and common. Nivalis is rare and eastern. A. analis only reaches the United States in southern Arizona and Texas. A. lobulatus, which may be only a variant of apicifer, is limited to southern Texas.

Larvae are parasitoids of Nuctuoidea, including armyworms. They overwinter as larvae inside overwintering hosts, so there are as many generations of flies per year as moths. Adults feed on nectar.
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.