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Species Clogmia albipunctata - Filter Fly

Moth? Fly? Other? - Clogmia albipunctata Moth Fly - Clogmia albipunctata Small fly - Clogmia albipunctata Filter fly. - Clogmia albipunctata Moth Fly Returns - Clogmia albipunctata Tiny moth at porch light - Clogmia albipunctata Clogmia albipunctata Clogmia albipunctata? - Clogmia albipunctata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Psychodomorpha
Family Psychodidae (Moth Flies and Sand Flies)
Subfamily Psychodinae (Moth Flies)
Tribe Paramormiini
Genus Clogmia
Species albipunctata (Filter Fly)
Other Common Names
Drain Fly, mothmidge or mothfly
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Clogmia albipunctata (Williston, 1893)
Psychoda albipunctata Williston, 1893
Telmatoscopus albipunctatus
Telmatoscopus meridionalis Eaton, 1894
Psychoda snowii Haseman, 1907
Psychoda albonigra Brunetti, 1908
Telmatoscopus albipunctatus Tonnoir, 1921
Psychoda erecta Curran 1926
Explanation of Names
from Latin albus (white) + punctatus (pricked, punctured- here referring to dots that look like pin-pricks)
White antennae and white spots on edges of wings and tips of leg segments. (1)
Originally mostly tropical, now found in human habitats in much of North America
Typically water with decaying organic matter -- tree holes, stagnant ponds, drains, in containers or trash filled with water, bathrooms, kitchens, in sewers, and near wastewater treatment plants.
Life Cycle
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Some content on this page transferred from one created by Mike Quinn
Print References
Williston, 1893. The North American Psychodidae. Entomological news, and proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 4: 113
Nevill, E.M., et al., 1969. A case of nasal myiasis caused by the larvae of Telmatoscopus Albipunctatus (Williston) 1893 (Diptera: Psychodidae). South African Medical Journal. 43(17): 512-514.
Internet References
Telmatoscopus albipunctatus - Bathroom Fly - Joyce Gross, CalPhotos Photo Database (2)