Offered here is a PDF of my chapter on the Tachinidae in Manual of Nearctic Diptera, Volume 2 (1987). This chapter reviews the morphology, biology, hosts, behavior, classification, and distribution of the Tachinidae of America north of Mexico. An illustrated key to the tachinid genera of the region is provided, with many taxonomic and nomenclatural changes to the family included in footnotes. The citation for this publication is:
Wood. 1987. Chapter 110. Tachinidae. Pp. 1193-1269 in McAlpine, J.F., Peterson, B.V., Shewell, G.E., Teskey, H.J., Vockeroth, J.R. and D.M. Wood (eds.), Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Volume 2. Agriculture Canada Monograph 28: i-vi, 675-1332.
The Manual of Nearctic Diptera, Volume 2 (1987), is out of print*.
The taxonomic and nomenclatural changes proposed in the Tachinidae chapter of the Manual of Nearctic Diptera, Volume 2, are reviewed in this paper:
O'Hara, J.E. and D.M. Wood. 1998. Tachinidae (Diptera): nomenclatural review and changes, primarily for America north of Mexico. Canadian Entomologist 130: 751-774.
* Note added 7 February 2013: The entire three volumes of Manual of Nearctic Diptera are now available for free download from the Entomological Society of Canada website at http://www.esc-sec.ca/aafcmono.php.