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  • Tachinid Fly - (Adejeania vexatrix)

    Tachinid Fly - (Adejeania vexatrix)

    Spiky, hairy Tachinid Flies look like they would be harmful to humans, but caterpillars should be the worried ones.

    Picture of Tachinid Fly
    Staff Writer (8/21/2015): Tachinid Fly adults are usually seen visiting flowers and feeding on nectar. Though they look like the type of fly that would eat more unappetizing things like dead animals or feces, these are nectar drinking flies. This species has a long proboscis, similar to what butterflies and moths have, allowing it to drink from deep flowers.

    Tachinid Flies are parasitoids. Females lay fertilized eggs on caterpillars. Newly-hatched and hungry larvae eat the caterpillar to death. Afterward, they pupate and become adults with wings.

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    Tachinid Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Tachinid Fly
    Scientific Name: Adejeania vexatrix

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Tachinidae
           Genus: Adejeania
            Species: vexatrix

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39in to 0.79in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, red, black, tan

    Additional Descriptors: flying, hairy, fat

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; 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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