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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tachinidae
Subfamily: Goniinae
Tribe: Acemyini

Acemyini is a small but cosmopolitan tribe of flies in the family Tachinidae.[1] Like all tachinid flies, acemyiines are parasitoids of other invertebrates. Specifically, the acemyiines are parasitoids of Orthoptera in the families Acrididae and Eumastacidae.[2]


The Acemyiini have a distinctive pattern of scutellar bristling among the Tachinidae, comprising three pairs of very strong setae; one pair of crossed apical setae, a diverging subapical pair set unusually far forwards, and a basal pair which may be approximately parallel or converging. Most species have a long series of proclinate orbital setae in both sexes. The basal node of vein R4+5 in acemyiines has one pair of very long setulae - one on each surface of the wing - which is uncommon in the Goniinae.[2]



  1. ^ O'Hara, J.E. 2011. World genera of the Tachinidae (Diptera) and their regional occurrence. Version 6.0. PDF document, 75 pp. Available from: (accessed [8-JAN-2012])
  2. ^ a b Crosskey RW (1973) A conspectus of the Tachinidae (Diptera) of Australia, including keys to the supraspecific taxa and taxonomic and host catalogues. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Supp. 21, London.