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Species Archytas apicifer

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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 (Parasitic Flies)
Subfamily Tachininae
Tribe Tachinini
Genus Archytas
No Taxon (analis complex)
Species apicifer (Archytas apicifer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Archytas apicifer (Walker)
Size
10-15 mm
Identification
Males can be separated from related species by the shape of sternite 5.

Both sexes are less yellow on average than the other common species, californiae, but this is probably not reliable.
Range
Throughout North America to South America(1)(2)
Habitat
Adults often found on flowers. Larvae are parasitoids of noctuid moths.
Food
Adults feed on flowers. Hosts: Corn Earworm (Helicoverpa zea), Tomato Fruitworm (H. armigera)(3), Pearly Underwing (Peridroma saucia) and the armyworms Mythimna unipuncta, Spodoptera frugiperda, S. ornithogalli (Ravlin & Stehr 1984)
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic and host catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico
2.Revision of the genus Archytas (Diptera: Tachinidae) for America north of Mexico
Ravlin F.W., Stehr F.W. 1984. Misc. Publs Ent. Soc. Am. 58: 1-59.
3.Natural Enemies Handbook
Mary Louise Flint and Steve H. Dreistadt. 1998.