True Fly
( Diptera )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Diptera
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name:True Fly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Taxon Code:DIP00837
ITIS TSN#:118831

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Horsethief Canyon, Horsethief Canyon, Unincorporated Santa Clara Co
County:Santa Clara County
ECI Site#:CA43000001

RECOGNITION
Adult flies, except for wingless species, have two functional wings and two halteres. The halteres are club-like appendages that are essentially the modified hind wings. The only other adult insects that only have two wings in both sexes are the Strepsiptera, which have the front wings reduced rather than the hind wings. Males of some species of Mayflies and scale insects have only front wings. A few tiny parasitic wasps, e.g. Mymarommatidae, have their hind wings reduced, but these can be distinguished from flies as the wasps have only one vein in their front wings and flies always have two or more veins in their wings as long as their wings are membranous.
Body Length
0.5-40 mm.

BIOLOGY
Distribution
Worldwide.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Order Diptera - Flies. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/55). Accessed July 20, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#118831


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