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Genus Medetera

Long-legged Fly - Medetera - female small fly - Medetera Cochineal inspector would appreciate an ID - Medetera Long-legged Fly - Medetera Robber/Assassin Fly? 2 - Medetera Small Green eyed fly - Medetera Dolichopodidae - Medetera - male Fly - Medetera
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Empidoidea
Family Dolichopodidae (Longlegged Flies)
Subfamily Medeterinae
Genus Medetera
Other Common Names
Woodpecker Flies
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Medetera Fischer von Waldheim 1819
Numbers
~50 spp. in our area, hundreds total
Identification
"The genus has a distinctive habitus, which with little practice is easily recognized, even by the unaided eye. In addition to its characteristic stance in life, the combination of the heavily sclerotized proboscis, strongly flattened mesoscutum, and the distinctive arch of both R4+5 and M enables one to spot the genus at a glance." (Bickel 1985)
Food
Larvae usually eat larvae of bark beetles (Scolytinae). Adults eat a wide variety of soft-bodied arthropods.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A revision of the Nearctic Medetera (Diptera, Dolichopodidae)
Bickel D.J. 1985. USDA Tech. Bull. 1692. 109 pp.