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Tachina Fly - Tachinidae
Tachina Fly - Tachinidae


Tachina flies
Tachina flies (Tachinidae), also called tachinids, are a family in the order Diptera. Approximately 8200 species are encountered throughout the world. About 500, are found in Europe. The tachina flies are divided into 4 subfamilies, known as Phasiinae, Dexiinae, Tachininae and Exoristinae.
Tachinidae - Gymnosoma rotundatum
Tachinidae - Gymnosoma rotundatum
These predominantly diurnal flies reach body lengths of 2-20 mm, with the length varying according to what species they are. They are primarily black in colour with grey tires. They are often very hairy, especially their abdomens. Tachina flies can be identified by their scutellum. This bulges at the rear edge of the upper side of the chest - just like a bead segment. Their sensors are tripartite. At the front of their heads there are sucking (sometimes piercing and sucking) mouth parts.
Adult tachina flies feed on honeydew, nectar, vegetable juices, feces or on carrion. Their larvae feed parasitically on all kinds of larvae, pupae and adult insects. This includes caterpillars, beetles (larvae and adults) and the larvae of various Diptera and arthropods. The larvae of the tachina flies enter their host animals in different ways. Firstly through ingestion of their eggs, secondly through oviposition directly on the host animal, or thirdly through the hatched larvae’s direct entry into the host animal. Usually the host animals die before the larvae’s development is complete. The pupation of the larvae usually occurs outside the host animal.

Since the larvae of many tachina flies kill pests, they are very welcome in the agriculture and forestry industry.

Genera3.022
Species20.072
Common namesTachinid Flies, Parasitic Flies, Tachina flies, Tachinids, Parasite flies
German namesRaupenfliegen, Schmarotzerfliegen
Dutch namesSluipvliegen
Danish namesSnyltefluer
Finnish namesLoiskärpäset
Norwegian namesSnyltefluer
Swedish namesParasitflugor
French namesTachinaires
AuthorRobineau-desvoidy, 1830
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Continents:

Eurasia
America
Africa
Oceania
Antarctica


Ecozones:

Palaearctic
Nearctic
Afrotropical
Neotropical
Indo-Australian region
Holarctic


Fossils:

Cenozoic
Paleozoic


World Oceans:

Pacific Ocean
Atlantic Ocean


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Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Taxonomic statusSynonymus of Tachyporini
Links and ReferencesTachinidae in bie.ala.org.au
Tachinidae in faunaeur.org
Tachinidae in itis.gov
Tachinidae in dyntaxa.se
Tachinidae in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Tachina Flies"
- Eriothrix rufomaculatus
- Tachina fera
- Cylindromyia brassicaria
- Gymnosoma rotundatum
- Peleteria varia
- Phania funesta
- Ectophasia crassipennis
Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Tachina Fly - Tachinidae
2. Tachinidae - Gymnosoma rotundatum
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderDiptera
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
SuborderBrachycera
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
InfraorderMuscomorpha
SectionSchizophora
SubsectionCalyptratae
Calyptrate muscoids
SuperfamilyOestroidea
FamilyTachinidae
Tachinid Flies, Parasitic Flies, Tachina flies, Tachinids, Parasite flies
AuthorRobineau-desvoidy, 1830
 
Synonyms
Acemyidae
Stackelbergomyiidae
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