Monday, 14 December 2015

Billaea maritima (Schiner 1862)

Family: Tachinidae

The Tachinidae are a large and variable family of true flies within the insect order Diptera, with more than 8,200 known species and many more to be discovered. Over 1300 species have been described in North America alone. Insects in this family commonly are called tachina flies or simply tachinids. As far as is known, they all are Protelean parasitoids, or occasionally parasites, of Arthropoda.

Billaea is a genus of tachinid flies in the family Tachinidae. Most larvae, where known are parasitoids of Coleoptera (Cerambycidae, Lucanidae) or Lepidoptera (Pyralidae).From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This species was found to parasite on larvae of Protaetia (Netocia) cuprea ikonomovi (Miksic, 1958) (Cetoniidae/ Scarabaeoidea).

Photos Tera, 6/5/2014 by Michael Hadjiconstantis

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