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Finally, onwards to the last fun fact :)


[5.4] Parasitism

Tachinidae (Diptera)

It has been recorded that tachinid flies do attack the Atlas Moth and parasitize the larvae. The maggots of the flies complete its initial development before leaving the host cocoons through the preformed exit and burrow into the ground to pupate [6]. An example of a tachinid fly known to parasitize Atlas moth is Exorista sp., as shown below.