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Family Sepsidae - Black Scavenger Flies

 Black Scavenger Fly Black Scavenger Fly - Sepsis Fly - Sepsis Sepsis species? - Sepsis wrack fly - Orygma luctuosum Fly? - Sepsis  Sepsidae - Black Scavenger Flies Genus Sepsis - Sepsis Sepsis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Sepsidae (Black Scavenger Flies)
Explanation of Names
Sepsidae Walker 1833
Numbers
34 spp. in 11 genera in our area(1), ~350 spp. in 38 genera total(2)
Identification
Small, shining blackish flies, sometimes with a reddish tinge; spherical head; abdomen narrowed at the base. Many species have a dark spot along the costal margin of the wing near the tip.
Habitat
Larvae live in excrement and various types of decaying matter. Adults found near material that the larvae feed on.(3)(4)
Print References
(5)
Internet References
image galleries: diptera.info(6) | sepsidnet(7)