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Family Psilidae - Rust Flies

5013273 - Loxocera fly - Psila fallax Chyliza sp.? - Chyliza erudita what species? - Loxocera Unknown Diptera - Chyliza fly - Chyliza erudita Rust Fly - Psila collaris - male small fly - Chyliza
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Psilidae (Rust Flies)
Explanation of Names
Psilidae Macquart 1835
~30 spp. in 3 genera in our area(1), ~320 spp. in 13 genera total(2)
Thought to be entirely phytophagous (1) but hosts for most species are unknown. Carex and Juncus are two reported hosts for Loxocera species. (3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
2.Order Diptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Pape T., Blagoderov V., Mostovski M.B. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 222–229.
3.Revision of New World Loxocera (Diptera: Psilidae), with phylogenetic redefinition of Holarctic subgenera and species groups
Buck M., Marshall S.A. 2006. Eur. J. Entomol. 103: 193–219.