Tachinid Fly - Butterfly and Moth Parasitoid

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Tachinid Fly - Lepidoptera Parasitoid

Tachinid fly maggots grow inside butterfly and moth caterpillars and pupae. In our area, the tachinid fly maggots often leaves the J'ing caterpillar or pupa, trailing strings behind them. Moth pupae, in cocoons, are often parasitized by these flies. The maggot emerges and creates a little pupa. The adult tachinid fly will emerge later.

tachinid fly maggots leave strings from a jing caterpillar larva
Strings from caterpillar
tachinid fly strings from pupa chrysalis cocoon
Strings from pupa chrysalis
tachinid fly maggots worms in caterpillar worm
Maggots in caterpillar
tachinid fly maggots worms in caterpillar worm
Maggots in caterpillar
tachinid fly maggot worm
Maggot - tachinid fly
tachinid fly and chalcid wasps
Tachinid Fly - Chalcid Wasps
tachinid fly
Fly eating dead caterpillar
tachinid fly and tachinid pupa
Dead Tachinid fly & pupae
tachinid fly
Dead Tachinid fly w/ empty pupa
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Dead Tachinid Fly
tachinid fly
Fly near caterpillars

Caterpillars can be protected by raising them inside a secure container. The mesh should be small as a window screen. If a caterpillar is brought in from the wild, it may already be parasitized. Eggs or maggots may be on food material. Plant material should be thoroughly washed and dried before adding it to the rearing container. Secure conatiners can be made with shoe boxes or other box or container. Make sure you provide some airflow! If you do not wish to make a rearing container, they can be purchased from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm from this webpage.