Minute Black Scavenger Fly
( Scatopsidae )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Scatopsidae
(Newman ,1834 )
Common Name:Minute Black Scavenger Fly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Nematocera
Family:Scatopsidae
Taxon Code:DIP00634
ITIS/TSN:125618

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Palo Alto, Palo Alto, 179 Cowper St, Palo Alto
County:Palo Alto County
ECI Site#:CA43110000

RECOGNITION
Recognition
Veins along wing margin strong, while remaining veins are generally weak. Short antennae. Fork of Cu at wing base; similar Bibionomorpha have fork far more distal.
Description
Veins along wing margin strong, while remaining veins are generally weak. Short antennae. Fork of Cu at wing base; similar Bibionomorpha have fork far more distal.
Body Length
0.6-5 mm.
Diversity
72 spp. in 16 genera in in North America, more than 300 species in 34 genera worldwide

BIOLOGY
Adults sometimes on flowers; larvae feed on decaying organic matter, such as detritus or excrement.
Diversity
72 spp. in 16 genera in in North America, more than 300 species in 34 genera worldwide

CREDITS
Photographer
Erica Strand

References
Family Scatopsidae - Minute Black Scavenger Flies. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/37474). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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