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Common Name:  Tachinid Flies

Description: The tachnid flies are the second largest family in the Diptera order. They are characterized by a distinct post scutellum, aristate antennae with a bare bristle, and an abdomen that is often covered in bristles. The eggs are usually laid on the body of the host. During the larval life cycle, they will feed on the internal organs of their host.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Postscutellum
  2. Antenna has a bare, unbranched arista
  3. Often heavy abdominal bristles

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Order:  Diptera