Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

TACHINIDAE: Exoristinae: Goniini: Pales Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830

Pales florea Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 [= Tachina pavida Meigen, 1824], subsequent des. Coquillett, 1910 [?].

Diagnosis

Characteristics of Pales include: 1. Body size 4 – 10mm; 2. In NZ Pales can be easily distinguished from all other genera by the setae on the prosternum and setae on the facial ridge. 

Distribution in NZ


Wide spread throughout New Zealand and offshore islands. (Pales has a worldwide distribution).

Species in New Zealand

Pales atrox (Hutton, 1901); P. aurea (Hutton, 1904); P. brouni (Hutton, 1904); P. casta (Hutton, 1904); P. efferata (Hutton, 1901); P. exitiosa (Hutton, 1904); P. feredayi (Hutton, 1881); P. funesta (Hutton, 1901); P. inconspicua (Hutton, 1904); P. marginata (Hutton, 1881); P. nefaria (Hutton, 1901); P. nyctemeriana (Hudson, 1883); P. perniciosa (Hutton, 1901); P. tecta (Hutton, 1904); P. usitata (Hutton, 1901); ≈ 10 undescribed spp..

Biology and Hosts

Arcitiidae: Nyctemera sp., Metacrias huttoni (Butlera, 1879), Tyria jacobaeae (Linnaeus, 1758). Geometridae: Austrocidaria similata (Walker 1862), Chalastra aristarcha (Meyrick, 1892), Cleora scriptaria (Walker, 1860), Declana floccosa (Walker, 1858), Declana leptomera (Walker, 1858), Gellonia dejectaria (Walker, 1860), Hydriomena sp., Pseudocoremia fenerata (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875), Pseudocoremia leucelaea (Meyrick, 1909), Pseudocoremia suavis Butler, 1879, Xyridacma alectoraria (Walker, 1860), Xyridacma ustaria (Walker, 1863). Hepialidae: Aenetus virescens (Doubleday, 1843), Cladoxycanus minos (Hudson, 1905), Wiseana cervinata (Walker 1865), Wiseana sp.. Noctuidae: Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766), Chrysodeixis eriosoma (Doubleday, 1843), Dipaustica epiastra (Meyrick, 1911), Feredayia graminosa (Walker, 1857), Graphania homoscia (Meyrick, 1887), Meterana merope (Hudson, 1898), Proteuxoa sp., Tmetolophota purdii (Fereday, 1883). Nymphalidae: Vanessa gonerilla (Fabricius, 1775). Psychidae: Liothula omnivora Fereday, 1878. Tineidae: Lysiphragma epixyla Meyrick, 1888. Tortricidae: Catamacta alopecana (Meyrick, 1885), Ctenopseustis obliquana (Walker, 1863), Epichorista emphanes (Meyrick, 1901), Harmologa columella Meyrick, 1927, Planotortrix excessana (Walker, 1863), Planotortrix octo Dugdale, 1990, Pyrgotis plagiatana (Walker, 1863), Strepsicrates macropetana (Meyrick, 1881). Xyloryctidae: Izatha austera (Meyrick, 1883), Hierodoris atychioides (Butler, 1877).

Citation

Schnitzler F-R 2016. Tachinidae of New Zealand. Genus Pales
http://tachinidae.landcareresearch.co.nz
Accessed: 14 November 2018

Revised

v1.0. Schnitzler F-R. 2016