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Belshaw, R., 1993

Tachinid Flies (Diptera: Tachinidae)

User-friendly dichotomous key - a most welcome replacement for the earlier RES Handbook covering this group.

The genitalia drawings are simply outlines and should be used in conjunction with the more life-like figures in the previous Handbook (van Emden, 1954).

The Tachinidae web-site maintains a list of new species added since Belshaw.

Publisher The Royal Entomological Society of London (RES)
Volume Vol 10, Part 4a(i)
Pages 169
ISBN 0 901546 81 X
Web site
Comments and Corrigenda If you get to Leucostoma simplex (couplet 101), check the subscutellum - it might be the common Rhinophora lepida! (Thanks to Chris Raper for that one)

P56: Siphona, couplet 8: S. cristata (as well as S. geniculata and S. setosa) can also have a pair of central marginals on T2. (Thanks to Theo Zeegers on for this.)
Coverage Covers all UK species known at the time.
Illustrations Line drawings beside the keys, more line drawings including genitalia and half-tone photos thereof, at the back.
Identify Under a Stereo Microscope.
Specimen Prep. Pinned specimens.
Difficulty Mostly straightforward, though some genera difficult.

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

TACHINIDAE (parasitoid flies) Identification Current


Revised Raper, C., in prep.
a large and actively maintained list of updates, corrections and additional species. Tachinidae Recording Scheme:
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