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    Repetitive Tachinid Fly - (Peleteria iterans)

    What the Repetitive Tachinid Fly lacks in looks, it makes up for in ecological importance it controls damaging moth populations.

    Picture of Repetitive Tachinid Fly
    Staff Writer (9/12/2014): Few would think that flies would be such important members of an ecosystem. Tachinid flies, though somewhat unusual in appearance, are considered important biological controls. Each species is a parasitoid for a type of moth. Moths can be destructive to plants thanks to the voracious appetites of their larval caterpillars. A parasitoid like the Repetitive Tachinid Fly helps keep caterpillar numbers in check, sparing food producing plants.

    Female flies lay a fertilized egg either directly on, or in front of, a hungry moth caterpillar. The egg will hatch and the fly larva (maggot) proceeds to eat the caterpillar to death, from the inside. This makes the fly larva a parasitoid, not a parasite that usually moves on to another host before killing its current host.

    Adult flies drink flower nectar, especially from asters and their relatives. They are most active from summer and into autumn. They can be found in a variety of habitats: woods, open fields, marshes, coastlines, meadows, parks and forests.

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    Repetitive Tachinid Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Repetitive Tachinid Fly
    Scientific Name: Peleteria iterans

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Tachinidae
           Genus: Peleteria
            Species: iterans

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 13mm (0.35in to 0.51in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, black

    Additional Descriptors: spots, hairy, stout, bristles, spiky, fast, fat, dots, spots

    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; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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