Species Accounts

Eriothrix rufomaculata (DeGeer, 1776)

Synonymsrufomaculata (DeGeer, 1776 - Musca) [=lateralis (Fabricius, 1775 - Musca), preocc.] [=dimano (Harris, [1780]), unavailable] [=demano, error] [=monochaeta Wainwright, 1928]
CommentsOne of the commonest tachinids in high-summer around grasslands or sunny rough ground. 9mm, black&grey with variable orange abdominal side-patches, mouth protruding, petiolate vein-m, face silvery, costal spine longer than vein r-m
Shaw & Ford (1991)-
Belshaw (1993)Hosts: in Europe single records from the doubtfully British Dendrolimus pini (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) and from the non-British Ammobiota festiva (Hufnagel) (Lep.: Arctiidae), both unlikely to be important hosts of this very common species (Herting, 1960). British distribution: England, Wales, S.Scotland (Dumfries), N.Scotland and Ireland (Kilkenny, Kerry, Down*, Antrim*, Mayo, Dublin, Carlow and Galway). Habitat: usually unimproved grassland (Chandler, pers. comm.). Flight period: July and August (at least 50 records).
Tschorsnig & Herting (1994)[rufomaculata]. Europe to Scandinavia; SH NS NW HE RP BW BY NB / A CH. Meadows Ruderal areas fields. 1 strong generation in high-summer from End June to Early October (especially Mid July to End August) very few specimens also in May (partial Spring generation). Caught from flowers or in grass; very frequent. Host not known for sure.
JNCC review (1996)-
Shaw & Ford (2000)-
NBN code NBNSYS0000030074 BRC code 2902
StatusCommon BENHS drawer1.5
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