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Diptera: Tachinid flies

  • Code: 7042
  • Author(s): Belshaw
  • Date: 1993
  • Price : £20.00

RES Handbook vol 10 Part 4a(i)

This Handbook includes an identification key for the adults of the British Tachinidae. A summary of the distribution and biology of each species is given, including a list of British host species. The natural history of each family is briefly reviewed, with emphasis placed on the reproductive strategies and interactions with the host. A checklist includes all old generic and specific names used in the British literature since 1928.

The Tachinidae form the second largest family of Diptera, with approximately 8200 described species worldwide. They are well represented in all zoogeographical zones, with 241 species listed here as British (although some may be extinct). All tachinids are parasitoids, their larvae developing within other arthropods.

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