tachinid

noun
tach·​i·​nid | \ˈta-kə-nəd, -ˌnid\

Definition of tachinid 

: any of a family (Tachinidae) of bristly usually grayish or black dipteran flies whose parasitic larvae are often used in the biological control of insect pests

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How to call in an earwig predator The earwig's only insect predator in North America is the tachinid fly. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Control Earwigs In Your Garden—And Keep Them From Getting In Your House," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tachinid

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tachinid

New Latin Tachinidae, from Tachina, genus of flies, from Greek tachinos fleet, from tachys swift

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