Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

TACHINIDAE: Tachininae: Occisorini: Proscissio Hutton, 1901

Proscissio montana Hutton, 1901, subsequent des. Townsend 1916 [type missing, supposedly in Malloch collection USNM (Miller, 1950)].


Characteristics of Proscissio include: 1. Body size 7 – 13mm; 2. Face with deep antennal grooves separated by facial carina; 3. Postpedicel about 3 × as long as pedicel; 4. 2nd aristal segment about as long as wide; 5. Parafacials much wider at narrowest point than postpedicel; 6. Gena over half as high as eye.

Distribution in NZ

North Island: AK, BP, CL, ND, TK, TO, WN; South Island: BR, CO, DN, FD, KA, MB, MC, MK, NN, OL, SD, SI, SL, SL, WD.

Species in New Zealand

Proscissio albiceps Malloch, 1938; P. albiceps var. varians Malloch, 1938; P. cana Hutton, 1901; P. lateralis Malloch, 1938; P. milleri Malloch, 1938; P. montana Hutton, 1901; several undescribed n.spp..

Biology and Hosts

Chlorochiton sp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae); Odontria striata White 1846 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae); Odontria halli Broun 1921 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae); Costelytra zealandica (White 1846) (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae).


Schnitzler F-R 2016. Tachinidae of New Zealand. Genus Proscissio
Accessed: 14 August 2020


v1.0. Schnitzler F-R. 2016