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Genus Lespesia

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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 (Bristle Flies)
Subfamily Exoristinae
Tribe Eryciini
Genus Lespesia
Explanation of Names
Lespesia Robineau-Desvoidy 1863
the largest genus of the tribe in NA, with >30 spp. in our area(1)
typically 5-7 mm(1)
Holarctic, Neotropical, Australasian(2)
Hosts include a wide variety of moths and occasional members of other insect orders in the most common spp. of this genus(1)
L. archippivora has been used as biological control of some moth pests such as armyworms, but this can backfire because it feeds on many species beside the target one, for instance monarch butterflies (Lindsey et al. 2009)
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