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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Psilidae - Rust Flies

Fly - Chyliza fly - Loxocera cylindrica 6011187 Chlyzia - Chyliza Unknown Diptera - Chyliza fly - Chyliza erudita small orange insect - Loxocera Psila? - Psila Rust Fly - Chyliza leguminicola - Chyliza leguminicola
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Psilidae (Rust Flies)
Explanation of Names
Psilidae Macquart 1835
Numbers
~30 spp. in 3 genera in our area(1), ~320 spp. in 13 genera total(2)
Food
Thought to be entirely phytophagous (1) but hosts for most species are unknown. Carex and Juncus are two reported hosts for Loxocera species. (3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.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.
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.Revision of New World Loxocera (Diptera: Psilidae), with phylogenetic redefinition of Holarctic subgenera and species groups
Buck M., Marshall S.A. 2006. Eur. J. Entomol. 103: 193–219.
4.Diptera.info