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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,[2] most have larvae that are parasitoids of Lepidopteran caterpillars.[3] There are approximately 600 species worldwide.


  • Subgenus Nowickia Wachtl, 1894 (Nearctic)
  • Subgenus Rhachogaster Townsend, 1915 (Nearctic)


  1. ^ James E. O'Hara (December 31, 2008). "World Genera of the Tachinidae (Diptera) and their Regional Occurrence" (PDF). Version 4.0. University of Guelph. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ James E. O'Hara, Hiroshi Shima, & Chuntian Zhang. "Annotated Catalogue of the Tachinidae (Insecta: Diptera) of China." Zootaxa 2190 (2009): 1-236.
  3. ^ 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.