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Genus Sylvicola

Wood Gnat with a hitch hiker - Sylvicola fenestralis Diptera Nematocera Fam Anisopodidae - Sylvicola fenestralis Unknown Fly - Sylvicola alternatus - female Gnat - Sylvicola alternatus - female Anisopodidae, Wood Gnat, lateral - Sylvicola fly - Sylvicola Sylvicola punctatus - male S. fenestralis - Sylvicola fenestralis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Bibionomorpha (Gnats, Gall Midges, and March Flies)
Family Anisopodidae (Wood Gnats)
Subfamily Anisopodinae
Genus Sylvicola
Other Common Names
S. fenestralis: Wood Gnat, Window Gnat
Explanation of Names
Latin silva 'wood, forest' + cola 'dweller'
5 spp. in our area(1)
4-8 mm
mosquito-like but proboscis shorter than head; thorax humped, with three dark dorsal stripes; wings with dark spots
most of NA(1)
larvae in decaying wood/vegetation; adults on foliage or around flowing sap in damp areas; may be attracted to light
decaying plant matter, fermenting sap
Print References
Pratt, G. K., and H. D. Pratt. 1980. Notes on Nearctic Sylvicola (Diptera: Anisopodidae). Proc. ent. Soc. Wash. 82: 86-98. (2)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Notes on Nearctic Sylvicola (Diptera: Anisopodidae)
Pratt, G.K. and H.D. Pratt. 1980. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 82(1): 86-98.