■ Taxonomic and Host Catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico
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Genus BESKIA Brauer & Bergenstamm, 1889

BESKIA Brauer & Bergenstamm, 1889: 139 (also 1890: 71). Type species: Beskia cornuta Brauer & Bergenstamm, 1889 (= ?Tachina aelops Walker, 1849), by monotypy [Neotropical].

aelops (Walker, 1849).– Arizona to Virginia, south to Mexico and Florida, ?Neotropical (S&A, 1965), Brazil, Peru, Ecuador (CNC, if Beskia cornuta Brauer & Bergenstamm, described from Brazil, is conspecific with aelops).
– Tachina aelops Walker, 1849: 796. Type data: holotype male (BMNH). Type locality: USA, Georgia.

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 92)*
Hemiptera (Heteroptera), Pentatomidae
Pentatomid spp. (including Euschistus ictericus (Linnaeus), Mormidea pictiventris Stål, Nezara viridula (Linnaeus) and/or Oebalus pugnax (Fabricius))
Hemiptera (Homoptera), Aphididae
Macrosiphum avenae (Fabricius) probably
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Alabama argillacea (Hübner)
Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 93) for probably aelops (Walker)*
Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae
Neoconocephalus robustus robustus (Scudder)


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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