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Family Chyromyidae

yellow fly - Gymnochiromyia Vinegar Fly on Scrub Oak - Gymnochiromyia Neaspilota? - Gymnochiromyia nigrimana - male Swollen yellow fly Diptera - Gymnochiromyia Small yellow fly Small yellow fly Small yellow fly
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Sphaeroceroidea
Family Chyromyidae
Explanation of Names
Chyromyidae Schiner 1863
Numbers
9 spp. in 3 genera in our area(1), ~140 spp. in 4 genera total(2). There are apparently 4 undescribed Nearctic species in Gymnochiromyia and 4 in Aphaniosoma(3).
Size
1-3 mm(1)
Range
mostly northern(1)
Habitat
larvae reared from bird nests, mammal burrows, rotting wood; adults on vegetation, those emerged from firewood often found on windows(1)
Remarks
A small but widely distributed group of rather uncommon flies(4)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Order Diptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Pape T., Blagoderov V., Mostovski M.B. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 222–229.
3.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
4.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.