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Tachina praeceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tachinidae
Subfamily: Tachininae
Tribe: Tachinini
Genus: Tachina
Meigen, 1803
Type species
Musca grossa
Linnaeus, 1758

Tachina is a genus of large flies in the family Tachinidae. There are approximately 600 species worldwide. most have larvae that are parasitoids of Lepidopteran caterpillars.[1][2]


Nowickia Wachtl, 1894, treated by some authors as a subgenus of Tachina Meigen, 1803, following most authors is now accepted as a valid genus and treated separately.


Species within this genus include:[3][4]


  1. ^ Arnaud Jr, Paul H. (1978). A Host-Parasite Catalog of North American Tachinidae (Diptera). Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture. pp. 860 pp. 
  2. ^ James E. O'Hara, Hiroshi Shima, & Chuntian Zhang. "Annotated Catalogue of the Tachinidae (Insecta: Diptera) of China." Zootaxa 2190 (2009): 1-236.
  3. ^ Bisby F.A., Roskov Y.R., Orrell T.M., Nicolson D., Paglinawan L.E., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., Baillargeon G., Ouvrard D. Catalogue of life
  4. ^ O’Hara, J.E. 2016. World genera of the Tachinidae (Diptera) and their regional occurrence. Version 9.0 PDF document, 93 pp. (accessed on 2018-01-24).