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Species Trichopoda pennipes

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Classification
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 Phasiinae
Tribe Gymnosomatini
Genus Trichopoda (Feather-legged Flies)
No Taxon (Subgenus Galactomyia)
Species pennipes (Trichopoda pennipes)
Explanation of Names
Trichopoda pennipes (Fabricius 1781)
Size
7-13 mm
Identification
Bright orange abdomen, velvety black head and thorax, and a fringe of short black hairs on the hind legs. Male: ferrugineous spot in the wing, abdomen dark orange at apex; female: wing evenly dusky, abdominal tip black.
Range
Most of the US + ON(1)
Food
Hosts: various pentatomorph bugs (Coreidae, Largidae, Pentatomidae, Scutelleridae); also recorded ex Tenodera australasiae (a mantid)(1); Anasa tristis is an important common host
Life Cycle
Female lays one to several eggs on a host. The hatched larvae burrow into the bug's body, though only one larva per host will survive. Eventually a cream-colored maggot exits the host (which soon dies) and pupates in a dark puparium in the soil; adult emerges ~2 weeks later. There are up to 3 generations a year depending on location; larvae may overwinter inside overwintering hosts. See Worthley (1924)
Remarks
Used to control of heteropteran pests; may hover above squash plants in search of prey.
introduced into Europe during late 1980s and is now frequently spotted in the south(2)
destroys up to 80% of the adult squash bugs
Internet References
Fact sheet by S. Mahr
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic and host catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico
2.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.