Parasetigena silvestris (parasitoid)

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Parasetigena silvestris (parasitoid) (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1863)

This tachinid fly is a parasitoid of Lymantria species in Europe and Asia. It is an important biocontrol agent of the gypsy moth and has been introduced into North America against that pest in 1910. Female flies lay eggs on the back of late instar gypsy moth larvae. The emerging larva enters the caterpillar and after completing its development overwinters as pupa in the soil.