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Species Tachinaephagus zealandicus

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Encyrtidae (Encyrtid Wasps)
Subfamily Encyrtinae
Genus Tachinaephagus
Species zealandicus (Tachinaephagus zealandicus)
Range
Native to Australia, widely introduced elsewhere for biocontrol of muscoid flies.
Introduced to California in 1967. Found in many states nowadays.
Food
A number of Muscoid flies, including house flies, altough it prefers calliphorids and sarcophagis.
Remarks
"A gregarious larval endoparasitoid of muscoid flies" -- Geden and Skovgård 2014.
Print References
Geden, Christopher J. and Henrik Skovgård. 2014. Status of Tachinaephagus zealandicus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), a larval parasitoid of muscoid flies, in the U.S. and Denmark. Journal of Vector Ecology 39: 453–456
Internet References
BioOne. Maria A. Ferreira De Almeida et al. Influence of Feeding Treatment, Host Density, Temperature, and Cool Storage on Attack Rates of Tachinaephagus zealandicus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae)
Journal of Vector Ecology. Status of Tachinaephagus zealandicus (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), a larval parasitoid of muscoid flies, in the U.S. and Denmark