Submitted to: Florida Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 31, 2010
Publication Date: December 1, 2010
Citation: Fothergill, K., Woodley, N.E., Tindall, K.V. 2010. Zelia tricolor (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tachinidae): New host records. Florida Entomologist. 93(4):637-638.
Interpretive Summary: Parasitic flies are important to U.S. agriculture because many attack insects that are pests of agricultural crops. New host records are presented for a poorly known parasitic fly that attacks stalk-boring weevils and longhorned beetles. One of its longhorned beetle hosts is known to be a stalk-boring pest of soybeans, so it could have potential as a biocontrol agent. This information will be of use to scientists interested in the biology of parasitic flies as well as biocontrol researchers.
New host records are given for Zelia tricolor (Coquillett), a tachinid fly that is a parasitoid of stalk-boring beetles. New host records include Cerambycidae: Hippopsis lemniscata (F.) and Oberea tripunctata (Swederus); Curculionidae: Rhodobaenus quinquepunctatus (Say); and Languriidae: Languria bicolor (F.). The few previously reported hosts of Z. tricolor are summarized.