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Family Sphaeroceridae - Lesser Dung Flies

Copromyzinae tiny hopping fly - Pullimosina - female small black fly - Leptocera small fly - male Lesser Dung Fly - Trachyopella Fly found on beebalm - Leptocera Telomerina - NEW GENUS - Telomerina - male Opalimosina mirabilis - NEW GENUS - Opalimosina mirabilis - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Sphaeroceridae (Lesser Dung Flies)
Other Common Names
Small Dung Flies
Numbers
ca. 280 species in 30 genera known north of Mexico as of 2000(1); the actual numbers may be much higher.
Size
1.5-5 mm.
Identification
Black wings with interrupted costa.
"...relatively easy to recognize from other acalyptrate flies by their short, thick first tarsomere of the hindleg." -- Roháček et al., World Catalog of Sphaeroceridae.
Range
All over the continent.
Habitat
Associated with all kind of sufficiently moist decaying organic matter(2)
Food
Larvae feed on manure, decaying matter, seaweed or fungi.
Remarks
Many species are very common.
Internet References
Online access to the World Catalog of Sphaeroceridae (University of Guelph)