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Species Istocheta aldrichi - Winsome Fly

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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 Exoristinae
Tribe Blondeliini
Genus Istocheta
Species aldrichi (Winsome Fly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperecteina aldrichi
Explanation of Names
Named for John Merton Aldrich, who had first described the species. Aldrich's original name had to be replaced when the species was moved to a different genus.
native to Japan; introduced and established in ne. US (MA-PA-DC)(1)
hosts include the Japanese Beetle and maybe occasionally other scarabs
Life Cycle
The egg-laying position of these flies is very specific, leading to a bias towards female beetles being parasitized and usually occurring when the beetles are mating (O'Hara, 2014).
Introduced from Japan in 1922 to combat the Japanese Beetle
Print References
O'Hara, J. 2014. New tachinid records for the United States and Canada. The Tachinid Times 27: 34-40.
Internet References