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Tachina fera
Tachina fera (synonym: Echinomyia fera) belong to the family tachina flies (Tachinidae) in the order Diptera. They are encountered commonly throughout Europe and Asia. Adult Tachina fera reach body lengths of 9-16 mm. Their body is predominantly red to orangish-red in colour. Their limbs are reddish-brown with spiny appendages.

On both sides of the abdomen are yellowish to brown spots and on the upper side of the abdomen is a broad stripe of strong, black bristles. Their ability to see is highly developed.

Tachina fera prefer forest edges, forests, natural gardens, large parks and open countryside. They can usually be found on flowers, looking for nectar. Tachina fera are diurnal flies. They are active from April to October.
Adult Tachina fera feed on the nectar of flowering plants and on honeydew, while their larvae live off the body tissue of different caterpillars. The females lay their eggs near the caterpillars. The larvae immediately hatch from their eggs and penetrate the host caterpillars. The caterpillars die because the larvae feed on their inner tissue. The larvae are parasitic on the caterpillars of the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), the black arches (Lymantria monacha), and the pine beauty (Panolis flammea).

Tachina (Eudoromyia) fera
German namesIgelfliege, Gelbe Raupenfliege
Dutch namesWoeste Sluipvlieg
Danish namesMellemfluen oskar
Finnish namesÄkäsiilikärpänen
French namesTachinaire sauvage
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1761
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire)), South England (Southwest England (Wiltshire), Southeast England (Surrey county))))), Ireland), Germany, Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic), Southeast Europe (Greece)
Asia
Far East (East Asia (Japan, Mongolia)), West Asia (Near East (Israel))
Africa
North Africa
Algeria


CountriesAlgeria, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesTachina fera in faunaeur.org
Tachina fera in dyntaxa.se
Tachina fera in Wikipedia (English)

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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
SubfamilyTachininae
TribeTachinini
GenusTachina
SubgenusEudoromyia
Speciesfera
Tachina fera
AuthorLinnaeus, 1761
 
Synonyms
Echinomyia algira
Echinomyia autumnalis
Echinomyia cenisia
Echinomyia fulviceps
Echinomyia intermedia
Echinomyia ligustica
Echinomyia macquarti
Echinomyia meigeni
Echinomyia ruficornis
Echinomyia tetramera
Musca fera
Musca reccumbo
Musca rerumbo
Tachina imitatrix
Tachina pamirica
Tachina reccumbo
Tachina virgo
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