Epalpus signifer

Tachinid Fly

Epalpus signifer, Tachinid Fly

Family: Tachinidae

Subfamily: Tachininae

Length: typically 6-8 mm


Epalpus signifer is a widespread species, ranging from British Columbia, California, and New Mexico, east to Nova Scotia through Florida.

In many parts of its range, including West Virginia, it is one of the most often noticed Tachinid flies.

Epalpus signifer, lateral view of head, Tachinid Fly


The other two species of Epalpus, E. albomaculatus and E. rufipes, are not found in West Virginia, and in fact are not found east of New Mexico.

Host species for Epalpus signifer are Pinion Moths in the genus Lithophane.

Insects of West Virginia