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Genus Thaumatomyia

Frit Fly - Thaumatomyia Frit Fly - Thaumatomyia grata Small yellow fly - Thaumatomyia? - Thaumatomyia Chloropidae - Thaumatomyia fly - Thaumatomyia grata Stout yellow fly - Thaumatomyia Tiny fly - Thaumatomyia ID help please - Thaumatomyia
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Chloropidae (Frit Flies)
Subfamily Chloropinae (Grass Flies)
Genus Thaumatomyia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chloropisca Loew 1866
Pseudochlorops Malloch 1914
Explanation of Names
Thaumatomyia Zenker 1833
11 spp. in the Nearctic Region, 42 worldwide (Narchuk 2000)
Note margined scutellum and the apically positioned scutellar bristles (comments here)
Larvae predaceous on aphids (Narchuk 2000)
Some spp. are known to have mass outbreaks, invade homes, and become a nuisance (Narchuk 2000; Sikes 2008)
Print References
Sabrosky C.W. (1936). A Review of the nearctic species of Chloropisca (Diptera, Chloropidae. The Canadian Entomologist 68:170-177. (1st page)
Sabrosky C.W. (1943). A revised synopsis of nearctic Thaumatomyia (=Chloropisca) (Diptera, Chloropidae). Canadian Entomologist 75: 109-117. (1st page)