■ Taxonomic and Host Catalogue of the Tachinidae of America North of Mexico
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Genus Ceromasia Rondani, 1856

CEROMASIA Rondani, 1856: 71 (first introduced as a subgenus of Masicera Macquart, 1834). Type species: Masicera florum Macquart, 1850 (= Phorocera rubrifrons Macquart, 1834), by subsequent designation of Brauer, 1893: 476 [Palearctic].

auricaudata Townsend, 1908.– British Columbia to Montana, south to California and New Mexico, also introduced in Manitoba to Newfoundland and New Brunswick, ?established (S&A, 1965), Michigan, Ohio, Nova Scotia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (S&A, 1965, as aurifrons), Saskatchewan, Kansas, Ontario (CNC).
– Ceromasia auricaudata Townsend, 1908: 102. Type data: holotype female (USNM). Type locality: USA, Idaho, Harrison.
– Ceromasia aurifrons Townsend, 1908: 102. Type data: holotype female (USNM). Type locality: USA, New Hampshire, Canobie Lake.

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 132)*
Lepidoptera, Arctiidae
Hyphantria cunea (Drury)
Lepidoptera, Olethreutidae
Sciaphila duplex (Walsingham)
Lepidoptera, Pieridae
Pieris rapae (Linnaeus)
Lepidoptera, Pyralidae
Galleria mellonella (Linnaeus), Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner)
Lepidoptera, Tortricidae
Archips cerasivoranus (Fitch), Choristoneura fumiferana (Clemens)
Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 133), as Ceromasia aurifrons Townsend*
Lepidoptera, Geometridae
Cingilia catenaria (Cramer)
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Hypena humuli (Harris)
Lepidoptera, Tortricidae
Choristoneura fumiferana (Clemens)
Unidentified Lepidoptera

hybreas (Walker, 1849).– Northwest Territories, Alberta, ?Alaska, Ontario (S&A, 1965), Siberia (Richter & Wood, 1995), Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia (CNC).
– Tachina hybreas Walker, 1849: 785. Type data: holotype female [head, several legs and most setae missing according to Aldrich, 1931a: 14] (BMNH). Type locality: Canada, Ontario, Hudson Bay, Albany River, Marten Falls [near Ogoki] (published as St. Martin's Falls).
– Ceromasia borealis Brooks, 1945a: 89. Type data: holotype female (CNC). Type locality: Canada, Northwest Territories, Great Bear Lake, Cameron Bay.

Ceromasia species

Hosts from Arnaud (1978: 134) for Ceromasia spp.*
Lepidoptera, Geometridae
Lycia ursaria (Walker), Phigalia titea (Cramer)
Lepidoptera, Noctuidae
Archanara oblonga (Grote), Papaipema purpurifascia (Grote & Robinson)


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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