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Subgenus Galactomyia

maybe a tachinid?? - Trichopoda Fly for ID - Trichopoda Fly 827 - Trichopoda unknown fly - Trichopoda lanipes small fly - Trichopoda pennipes Trichopoda pennipes ? - Trichopoda Orange & Black Flies - Trichopoda Aster pollinator - Trichopoda
Classification
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 Phasiinae
Tribe Gymnosomatini
Genus Trichopoda (Feather-legged Flies)
No Taxon Subgenus Galactomyia
Numbers
3 spp. in our area, of which one "unrecognized" (described from VA)(1)
Range
most of the US and adjacent Canada(1)
Remarks
"Trichopoda lanipes and T. pennipes. These flower-visiting, bug-parasitizing tachinids are conspicuously colored with varying amounts of yellow and black. Larger specimens that are mostly black with yellow along the wing base are generally identified as T. lanipes and smaller specimens with a mostly yellow abdomen and entirely black wing are regarded as T. pennipes. There is, however, variation in size and color between these extremes and COI barcodes are virtually the same for all morphotypes. More sophisticated molecular analyses are needed to explain why coloration is so varied and barcodes so similar, and whether there is one species or two." (Stireman et al., Tachinid Times issue 33 page 33.)