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Species Megaselia nantucketensis

Phorid - midge parasitoid? - Megaselia nantucketensis - male Phorid - midge parasitoid? - Megaselia nantucketensis - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Superfamily Platypezoidea
Family Phoridae (Scuttle Flies)
Subfamily Metopininae
Genus Megaselia
Species nantucketensis (Megaselia nantucketensis)
Explanation of Names
Authors: Eiseman and Hartop, 2015
Named for the type locality.
Known from a single specimen from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Life Cycle
Larvae develop in oak leaf galls caused by a Macrodiplosis species in spring. Like the host midge, there is one generation per year; adults emerge the following spring.
Print References
Eiseman, Charles S. and Emily A. Hartop. 2015. A new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) reared from a Macrodiplosis Kieffer (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) gall on black oak. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 117(4):463-466.