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Family Milichiidae - Freeloader Flies

Spider, Bee, and Uninvited Guest Threesome? small fly - Phyllomyza Bugs, sex, death, and flies - close-up on the flies Confusion - Desmometopa Phymata, Ceratina and free loader flies - Neophyllomyza Milichiidae, Freeloader Fly, lateral Little Fly on Big Fly - Desmometopa
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Milichiidae (Freeloader Flies)
Explanation of Names
Milichiidae Schiner 1862
Numbers
36 spp. in 12 genera in our area(1), ~350 spp. in 18 genera total(2)
Size
1-5 mm(1)
Identification
Small, usually black or silvery.
Range
worldwide(2)
Habitat
open landscapes, forests & forest edges, forest canopy, stables/houses, caves(2)
Food
Larvae are generally saprophagous and live in decaying plants, but several are copro-/necrophagous(2); some are commensals of predatory insects, riding on them and feeding on exudates of the victims; often attend predators with Stink Bug prey
Life Cycle
larval stage generally lasts 2–3 weeks
Remarks
may be common in open areas
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