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 (i.e. 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

2019

Manjap Chahal - Co-evolution of Xanthomelanodes and Their Assassin Bug Hosts

Edward Sickle - Molecular Phylogenetics of Nearctic Xanthomelanodes (Diptera: Tachinidae)

2017

Evolution of phasiine piercers used to inject eggs into stink bug hosts. From Blaschke et al. (2018).