Dung Fly
( Scathophagidae )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Scathophagidae
(Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830)
Common Name:Dung Fly
Life Stage:A

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Brachycera
Family:Scathophagidae
Taxon Code:DIP00794
ITIS TSN#:678096

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Crescent Ridge Trail, Briones Regional Park, Lafayette
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB070000
Park/Forest:Briones Regional Park

RECOGNITION
Ventral surface of scutellum bare, costa usually without spinules.
Body Length
3-11 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
Larvae of Delininae are leaf miners in Liliaceae, Orchidaceae, and Commelinaceae. Larvae of Scathophaginae have been reported as phytophagous.
Habitat
Some larvae live in dung, others are leaf miners, stem-borers or feed in seed capsules, still others are aquatic predators and predators on other insect larvae in wet situations.

HABITAT
Some larvae live in dung, others are leaf miners, stem-borers or feed in seed capsules, still others are aquatic predators and predators on other insect larvae in wet situations.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#678096


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