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Trichopoda is a genus of tachinid flies, commonly known as the feather-legged flies or hairy-legged flies. The name comes from Greek, Tricho meaning hair and poda meaning foot. They are small, brightly coloured flies that congregate on flowers, feeding on nectar. The halteres are covered with yellow scales and there is a fringe of flattened hairs on the hind legs. The larvae are parasitoids of true bugs in the order Hemiptera, including stink bugs in the family Pentatomidae and leaf-footed bugs and squash bugs in the family Coreidae.[1][2] They are found in North and South America.



  1. ^ BugGuide
  2. ^ Arnaud Jr, Paul H. (1978). A Host-Parasite Catalog of North American Tachinidae (Diptera). Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture. p. 860 pp. 
  3. ^ ITIS

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