Cylindromyia sp. Photo: Nikola Rahme

Phasiinae (Diptera: Tachinidae) are a fascinating group of endoparasitoid flies that primarily attack true bugs (Heteroptera), many of which are important agricultural pests. We use phylogenetics - creating hypotheses about how animals have changed through time using physical traits and/or DNA - to explore questions about host use, species diversity, and taxonomy of phasiines. 

Student Researchers

Katherine Caid - Determining Cryptic Species Diversity in Feather-footed Flies (Trichopoda spp.)

Erin Noel - Using DNA Barcoding to Accurately Identify Species of the Parasitoid Fly Cylindromyia

Cover photo: Stefano Bettini