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Genus Gymnosoma

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Classification
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 Phasiinae
Tribe Gymnosomatini
Genus Gymnosoma
Explanation of Names
Gymnosoma Meigen 1803
'naked body' (referring to the lack of hair on abdomen)
Numbers
6 spp. in our area(1)
Size
8-10 mm
Range
worldwide (except Australasia)(2), incl. most of NA(1)
Habitat
adults on flowers in fields, roadsides; often on wild carrot(3)
Season
May-Aug in MN; G. fulginosum in NC: Apr-Nov (lower elevations), May-Sep (mountains)(4)
Food
Hosts are Pentatomidae bugs
Adults take nectar.
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on adult and larval stink bugs and shield bugs Pentatomidae (3).
See Also
other brightly-colored tachinids such as Trichopoda, Gymnoclytia
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