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Species Delphinia picta

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Ulidiidae (Picture-winged Flies)
Subfamily Otitinae
Tribe Cephaliini
Genus Delphinia
Species picta (Delphinia picta)
Other Common Names
Picture-winged Fly
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Delphinia picta (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Musca picta Fabricius 1781
Syn: Camptoneura picta (Fabricius)
Explanation of Names
picta (L). 'painted' (1)
7-8 mm
Wing pattern apparently distinctive, with two white triangles on front edge. Moves wings in rowing motion as it walks. Compare flies in this and related families.
e. NA to CO (BG data)
mostly May-Oct (BG data)
Life Cycle
Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost (2).
Print References
Marshall, photo 496.3 (2)
Arnett, p. 891--description (3)
Salsbury, p. 405--photo (4)
White, p. 288, p. 289--illustration (5)
Eaton and Kaufmann, pp. 314-315, photo (6)
Brimley, p. 381--Camptoneura picta (7)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.
5.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.
6.Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman. 2006. Houghton Mifflin.
7.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.