Tachinid flies are lethal predators to the insects they feed on. Most feed on the caterpillars of moths. Because of their diet, some Tachinid Flies have been deliberately imported from other areas to control destructive moth populations.
Prey may be injected with eggs, have eggs laid on them or inadvertently eat eggs laid on the leaves they normally consume.
This particular species of Tachinid Fly can be found on flowers or marshy areas during the summer and autumn.
Common name: Tachinid Fly
Scientific Name: Hysticia abrupta
Identifying Colors: red; black; brown; yellow
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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