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Subfamily Psychodinae - Moth Flies

Moth Fly  - Clogmia albipunctata Fuzzy Fly Clogmia? Insect - Clogmia tiny moth Family Psychodidae?...maybe Clogmia albipunctata? Clogmia Psychodidae - Clogmia albipunctata
Classification
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)
Other Common Names
Drain Flies, Sewage Flies, Filth Flies
Size
1.5-4 mm(1)
Identification
Adult: resembles a tiny moth; body hairy, variably yellow through gray to black; when at rest, wings held roof-like over body; wing veins numerous, hairy, parallel, with no cross-veins in outer two-thirds of wing; antennae long, containing 12-16 segments, each segment bulbous with ring of long hairs
Larva: eyeless and legless; head darker and narrower than body; each segment with one or more dark rectangular bands dorsally; terminal segment narrows, forming dark-colored breathing tube
Pupa: resembles minute grain of brown rice
Egg: minute, brown to cream-colored
Range
worldwide
Habitat
Adults often found around sewage installations, in public washrooms, and bathrooms in homes, and are attracted to light; larvae live in organic sludge that forms on inner surfaces of drains and sewage pipes; pupae occur on the surface of the organic film that the larvae have been living in
Food
Larvae feed on algae, fungi and bacteria in sewage and organic sludge; adults feed in polluted water and on flower nectar
Life Cycle
In the home, females lay irregular masses of 30-200 eggs in the organic gelatinous film lining drains, particularly in bathtubs and showers; eggs hatch 32-48 hours after being laid, when ambient temperatures are 70ºF (about 20ºC), and larvae pupate 9-15 days later; pupa stage lasts 20-40 hours; development time from egg to adult is 7-28 days, depending on temperature and food availability; adults live for about two weeks
Remarks
Larvae play an important role in purifying sewage in industrial sewage treatment plants. Adults are very weak fliers, covering only a few feet at a time in short erratic flights. Outside, they can be blown considerable distances by the wind.
Information from this page is originally contributed by Troy Bartlett, Beatriz Moisset, Robin McLeod, and Omar Fahmy on this page
Internet References
Fact sheet by G.E. Ridge