■ Taxonomic and Host Catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico
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Genus ARCHYTAS Jaennicke, 1867

Subgenus ARCHYTAS Jaennicke, 1867

ARCHYTAS Jaennicke, 1867: 392 (also 1868: 84). Type species: Archytas bicolor Jaennicke, 1867 (= Tachina diaphana Fabricius, 1805), by monotypy [Neotropical].
PSEUDOARCHYTAS Townsend, 1915a: 185. Type species: Pseudoarchytas marmorata Townsend, 1915, by original designation.

amethystinus (Macquart, 1844).– Georgia, unrecognized species (S&A, 1965).
– Jurinia amethystina Macquart, 1844: 199 (also 1844: 42). Type data: holotype male (MHNL). Type locality: USA, Georgia.

analis (Fabricius, 1805).– Arizona, Texas, Mexico, Central America, Ecuador (S&A, 1965; Ravlin & Stehr, 1984).
– Tachina analis Fabricius, 1805: 311. Type data: lectotype male (ZMUC), by designation of Ravlin & Stehr, 1984: 23. Type locality: South America.
– Archytas plangens Curran, 1928b: 204, 255. Type data: holotype male (USNM). Type locality: Ecuador.

apicifer (Walker, 1849).– Throughout North America, Mexico, tropical South America (Ravlin & Stehr, 1984).
– Tachina apicifera Walker, 1849: 718. Type data: syntypes, 2 males (BMNH) (both with same label data but only one bearing a syntype label). Type locality: North America.
– Archytas vulgaris Curran, 1928b: 204, 276. Type data: holotype male (CNC). Type locality: USA, Kansas, Lawrence.

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 75)*
Lepidoptera, Lasiocampidae
Malacosoma californicum (Packard)
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Peridroma saucia (Hübner), Pseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth), Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)

californiae (Walker, 1853).– Throughout America north of Mexico (Ravlin & Stehr, 1984).
– Tachina californiae Walker, 1853: 270. Type data: holotype male (BMNH). Type locality: USA, California.
– Tachina aurinota Harris in Johnson, 1925: 88. Nomen nudum.

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 77)*
Lepidoptera, Arctiidae
Euchaetias oregonensis (Stretch)
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Spodoptera praefica (Grote), Trichoplusia ni (Hübner)

candens (Walker, 1849).– Nova Scotia (?in error) (S&A, 1965); unrecognized species.
– Tachina candens Walker, 1849: 720. Type data: holotype female (BMNH). Type locality: Canada, Nova Scotia (possibly in error; Aldrich, 1931a, suspected Neotropical region).

lobulatus Curran, 1928.– Southern Texas, Mexico, Neotropical (S&A, 1965; Ravlin & Stehr, 1984).
– Archytas lobulatus Curran, 1928b: 204, 279. Type data: holotype male (AMNH). Type locality: Brazil, Chapada.

marmoratus (Townsend, 1915).– Arizona to Florida to North Carolina, also Kansas, south to Peru (S&A, 1965; Ravlin & Stehr, 1984), Missouri, Maryland, Trinidad (CNC).
– Pseudoarchytas marmorata Townsend, 1915a: 186. Type data: holotype female (USNM). Type locality: Peru, Chosica (on flowers of Baccharis sp.).

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 80)*
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) probably, Heliophila spp., Heliothis zea (Boddie), Heliothis spp., Laphygma spp., Leucania latiuscula Herrich-Schaeffer, Mocis spp. (including M. latipes (Guenée) and/or M. repanda (Fabricius)), Pseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth), Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith), Spodoptera latifascia (Walker), Spodoptera latifascia (Walker) probably

nivalis Curran, 1928.– Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina (Ravlin & Stehr, 1984), District of Columbia (CNC).
– Archytas nivalis Curran, 1928b: 203, 254. Type data: holotype male (CNC). Type locality: USA, District of Columbia, Washington.

nonamensis Ravlin, 1984.– Florida (Ravlin & Stehr, 1984).
– Archytas nonamensis Ravlin in Ravlin & Stehr, 1984: 24. Type data: holotype male (FSCA). Type locality: USA, Florida, Monroe County, No Name Key.

rufiventris Curran, 1928.– Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida (Ravlin & Stehr, 1984).
– Archytas rufiventris Curran, 1928b: 202, 280. Type data: holotype male (CNC). Type locality: USA, Florida, Royal Palm Park.

Subgenus NEMOCHAETA van der Wulp, 1888

NEMOCHAETA van der Wulp, 1888: 38. Type species: Niochaeta dissimilis van der Wulp, 1888, by monotypy [Neotropical].

aterrimus (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830).– Manitoba to New Brunswick, south to California, Arizona, Mexico, and Florida (S&A, 1965; Ravlin & Stehr, 1984), Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia (CNC).
– Jurinia aterrima Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830: 35. Type data: holotype female (MNHN). Type locality: USA, "Carolina."
– Jurinia leucostoma Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830: 37. Type data: type(s) (MNHN or lost). Type locality: USA, "Carolina."
– Tachina errabunda Harris, 1835: 599. Nomen nudum.
– Tachina metallifera Walker, 1849: 717. Type data: holotype female (BMNH). Type locality: unknown.
– Tachina carbonifera Walker, 1849: 721. Type data: holotype male (BMNH). Type locality: unknown.
– Jurinia virginiensis Macquart, 1851: 144 (also 1851: 171). Type data: type(s) female (whereabouts unknown). Type locality: USA, Virginia.
– Tachina atra Walker, 1853: 273. Type data: syntypes, 1 male and 1 female (BMNH). Type locality: USA, Georgia.

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 76)*
Lepidoptera, Arctiidae
Cycnia tenera Hübner, Hyphantria cunea (Drury)
Lepidoptera, Lasiocampidae
Malacosoma americanum (Fabricius)
Lepidoptera, Megalopygidae
Megalopyge crispata (Packard)
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Acronicta interrupta (Guenée), Acronicta ovata Grote, Baileya dormitans (Guenée), Catocala neogama (J.E. Smith), Peridroma saucia (Hübner), Plathypena scabra (Fabricius)
Lepidoptera, Notodontidae
Cerura sp.
Lepidoptera, Psychidae
Thyridopteryx ephieraeformis (Haworth)

convexiforceps Brooks, 1949.– Florida (S&A, 1965; Ravlin & Stehr, 1984).
– Archytas (Niochaeta) convexiforceps Brooks, 1949: 23. Type data: holotype male (USNM). Type locality: USA, Florida, Miami.

instabilis Curran, 1928.– Ontario, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina (Ravlin & Stehr, 1984), Québec (CNC).
– Archytas instabilis Curran, 1928b: 203, 224. Type data: holotype male (CNC). Type locality: USA, New Jersey, Hewitt.

lateralis (Macquart, 1844).– California to Iowa, south to Mexico, also British Columbia, Montana, Georgia, Florida (S&A, 1965; Ravlin & Stehr, 1984), Alberta, Texas (CNC).
– Jurinia lateralis Macquart, 1844: 199 (also 1844: 42). Type data: holotype male (not in MNHN or MHNL according to Ravlin & Stehr, 1984: 28, probably lost). Type locality: Mexico.

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 79)*
Lepidoptera, Lasiocampidae
Malacosoma americanum (Fabricius), Malacosoma californicum (Packard), Malacosoma californicum fragile (Stretch), Malacosoma californicum lutescens (Neumoegen & Dyar), Malacosoma constrictum constrictum (H. Edwards), Malacosoma incurvum incurvum (H. Edwards), Malacosoma spp.

metallicus (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830).– California to Ontario and New Hampshire, south to Mexico and Florida (S&A, 1965; Ravlin & Stehr, 1984), Idaho (CNC).
– Jurinia metallica Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830: 35. Type data: holotype female (MNHN) [according to Ravlin & Stehr, 1984: 29, perhaps in error because there appears to be a male syntype in BMNH in addition to the specimen in MNHN]. Type locality: USA, "Carolina."
– Jurinia boscii Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830: 36. Type data: type(s) (MNHN or lost). Type locality: USA, "Carolina."
– Echinomyia georgica Macquart, 1835: 79. Type data: type(s) (whereabouts unknown). Type locality: USA, Georgia.
– Jurinea fuscipennis Jaennicke, 1867: 391 (also 1868: 83). Type data: holotype female (SMF). Type locality: North America.
– Jurinia (Fabricia) hystricoides Williston, 1886: 300. Type data: syntypes, unknown number of males and females (1 male and 3 female syntypes in SEMK). Type localities: USA, Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, Virginia, District of Columbia, Connecticut.
– Tachina datanae Bruner, 1890: 134 (also 1890: 52). Type data: holotype, sex unknown (UNSM). Type locality: USA, Nebraska. Type host: Datana angusii Grote & Robinson, Notodontidae.

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 81)*
Lepidoptera, Arctiidae
Ecpantheria deflorata (Fabricius)
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)
Lepidoptera, Notodontidae
Datana angusii Grote & Robinson, Datana integerrima Grote & Robinson, Datana ministra (Drury), Datana perspicua Grote & Robinson
Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 82) for sp. near metallicus (Robineau-Desvoidy)*
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Unidentified Catocalinae

Archytas species

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 83) for Archytas spp. (including A. apicifer (Walker) and/or A. californiae (Walker))*
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Elaphria nucicolora (Guenée), Leucania juncicola (Guenée), Spodoptera ornithogalli (Guenée), Spodoptera ornithogalli (Guenée) probably
Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 84) for Archytas spp.*
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Spodoptera sp.


Arnaud, P.H., Jr. 1978. A host-parasite catalog of North American Tachinidae (Diptera). United States Department of Agriculture. Miscellaneous Publication 1319: 1–860.

*Host names (family and species) have not been changed from those given in Arnaud (1978). Each host is listed under the appropriate current tachinid name, with the tachinid name used in Arnaud (1978) cited if different from the current one. For more information about Arnaud (1978), and to see a complete list of tachinid names used in that work and their modern equivalents, click here.

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