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Genus Lemnaphila - Duckweed Miner Flies

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Ephydroidea
Family Ephydridae (Shore Flies)
Subfamily Hydrelliinae
Genus Lemnaphila (Duckweed Miner Flies)
Explanation of Names
"Duckweed lover." Lemna is the genus of duckweed.
Six species, but only one in North America.
Small, most species under 2 mm.
Widespread in New World, but most species are in South America.
Life Cycle
Larvae mine in duckweed (Lemnaceae or Lemnoideae depending on the classification in use).
Closely related to Hydrellia, with a shorter vein R2+3, no prescutellar acrostichal bristles, and posterior notopleural bristle above anterior.