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Genus Tachina

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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 Tachininae
Tribe Tachinini
Genus Tachina
Explanation of Names
Tachina Meigen 1803
~40 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(1)
worldwide (except tropical Africa & Australasia)(2), incl. most of NA, but barely represented in se. US; most diverse in the northwest(1)
besides various moths, recorded hosts include stick insects, cicadas, leaf beetles, and bumble bees(1)
Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 480) for "Tachina" spp.*
Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Coptocycla sp.
Hemiptera (Homoptera), Cicadidae, Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus)
Hymenoptera, Apidae, Bombus spp.
Lepidoptera, Aegeriidae, Vespamima pini (Kellicott)
Lepidoptera, Arctiidae, Hyphantria textor (Harris)
Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Cankerworm(-s) (including Alsophila pometaria (Harris) and/or Paleacrita vernata (Peck))
Lepidoptera, Lasiocampidae, Malacosoma americanum (Fabricius)
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Alabama argillacea (Hübner), Papaipema nebris (Guenée), Pseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth), Trichoplusia ni (Hübner)
Lepidoptera, Psychidae, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis (Haworth)
Lepidoptera, Pyralidae, Acrobasis indigenella (Zeller), Crambus vulgivagellus Clemens
Lepidoptera, Saturniidae, Antheraea polyphemus (Cramer), Callosamia promethea (Drury), Platysamia cecropia (Linnaeus)
Lepidoptera, Sphingidae, Hyles lineata (Fabricius)
Orthoptera, Phasmatidae, Bacillus rossia (Rossi), Diapheromera femorata (Say)
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