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Tribe Blondeliini

fly - Cryptomeigenia Tachinidae ? - Admontia Tachinidae ? Fly - Cryptomeigenia - male Sawfly and its Fly - Vibrissina Tachinidae? - Zaira tachinid fly with broad fore tarsi - Admontia tachinid fly
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 Exoristinae
Tribe Blondeliini
170 spp. in 43 genera in our area(1)
Can be separated from most other Tachinidae by the combination of
M obtusely curved, ending very close to R4+5 (similar to Siphonini and Leskiini) and close to wingtip
subapical scutellar bristles strong, straight, and divergent (may break off or be bent into different angles)
lateral scutellar bristles usually strong (weak or absent in Leskiini); absent in Phyllophilopsis which is otherwise distinctive
Can be very diffuicult to identify. (2) and (3) should be consulted. Despite Wood (1985) being published earlier than the Manual of Nearctic Diptera Vol 2, the key is different and more updated.
Life Cycle
Various oviposition strategies.
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic and host catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico
2.A Taxonomic Conspectus of the Blondeliini of North and Central America and the West Indies
D. M. Wood. 1985. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada.
3.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.