Tachinid flies (  ) on tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta ) - 1402143

Tachinid flies

Host: tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta (Linnaeus))
Descriptor: Adult(s)
Description: Tachinid flies (several species including Winthemia spp. and Archytas marmoratus (Townsend): These flies are hairy and resemble house flies, but some species are slightly larger. The tip of the abdomen may be red. Most lay large eggs on the body of budworms and hornworms. Winthemia manducae Sabrosky & DeLoach is often seen near last stage hornworm larvae. Eggs of this species hatch, and the maggots bore into the hornworm. The hornworm is killed while in the soil during the pupal stage, before it can transform into an adult and initiate a new generation.
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Name: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set
Organization: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country: United States

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