Host: burley tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum (burley type)
Description: Tachinid flies including Zygostrumia and Winthemia species, belong to a large family of parasitic flies. 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. Caterpillars may be found with several tachinid larvae on them. Upon hatching, the tachinid larva usually burrows into the host and feeds internally. The parasitized insect usually dies while in the soil during the pupal stage, before it can transform into an adult and initiate a new generation.
Image type: Field
Image location: United States
Specimen in collection: No
Name: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set
Organization: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country: United States