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Species Cordyligaster septentrionalis

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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 Dexiinae
Tribe Sophiini
Genus Cordyligaster
Species septentrionalis (Cordyligaster septentrionalis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cordyligaster septentrionalis (Townsend, 1909)
Explanation of Names
Latin septentrionalis 'northern'(1). (The Latin word refers to the seven stars of the constellation Ursa major, the Big Dipper)
Apparently, fairly distinctive, as the only member of its genus. Note the elongated abdomen and the bold silver stripes.
Abdominal syntergite 1 + 2 elongate and strongly constricted to form a cylindrical petiole(2)
se. US (PA-KS south to FL-LA)(3)
May-Aug in NC
Brimley, p. 367 of Insects of North Carolina apparently lists as "Eucordyligaster minuscula V. d. W." from Raleigh, North Carolina (4), May-August(?). Taxonomy should be checked--not sure if this is the same taxon. (PC, a.k.a. Cotinis--1/22/11).
Print References
Borror, entry for septentrion, -al (1)
Manual of Nearctic Diptera, volume 2, p. 1249 (2)
Internet References
Taxonomic and Host Catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico--(Genus CORDYLIGASTER Macquart, 1844) (3)