Dung Fly
( Scathophagidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

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

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Brachycera
Family:Scathophagidae
Taxon Code:DIP00767
ITIS/TSN:678096

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Del Valle Reservoir, Del Valle Reservoir, Del Valle Reservoir, Livermore
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CAEB190130
Open Space Location:Del Valle Reservoir

RECOGNITION
Description
Ventral surface of scutellum bare, costa usually without spinules.
Body Length
3-11 mm.
Diversity
About 150 species in about 40 genera in North America. More than 400 species in about 60 genera worldwide.

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.
Diversity
About 150 species in about 40 genera in North America. More than 400 species in about 60 genera worldwide.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
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