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Family Diopsidae - Stalk-eyed Flies

Stalk-eyed Fly - Sphyracephala brevicornis Stalk-eyed Flies embracing - Sphyracephala brevicornis - male - female Stalk-eyed Fly - Sphyracephala brevicornis Sphyracephala brevicornis Sphyracephala brevicornis Fly - Sphyracephala Diopsidae - Sphyracephala Stalked Eye Fly - Sphyracephala brevicornis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Diopsidae (Stalk-eyed Flies)
Explanation of Names
Diopsidae Bilberg 1820
Numbers
2 spp. in North America, ~200 spp. in 14 genera total(1)
Size
4-12 mm (worldwide), our spp. ~4 mm(2)
Range
Sphyracephala is north temperate, other genera in Old World tropics
Works Cited
1.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.
2.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.