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Genus Suillia

Territorial behavior of Heleomyzid fly - Suillia quinquepunctata - male Fly - Suillia Suillia maybe female - Suillia quinquepunctata - female Tetanocera? - Suillia Fly - Suillia quinquepunctata - male Suillia  - Suillia Sciomyzidae - Suillia quinquepunctata - male 2018-10-07 Brown fly - Suillia
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Heleomyzidae
Subfamily Suilliinae
Genus Suillia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Suillia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830
Explanation of Names
From Latin suilla "swine" (Wiktionary), possibly indirectly by way of the fungus genus Suillus. Larvae are found in fungus including truffles and the species formerly known as Suillus cyanescens.
8 spp. in our area(1)
Medium-sized, brown, with prominent spines. Certain identification of this genus likely requires technical keys. A diagram showing some details of anatomy:
April-September (Piedmont North Carolina), May-September (mountains of North Carolina)
Life Cycle
Larvae develop on fungi(2)
See Also
Allophyla (2), see comments
Print References
Marshall, photos 512.8--Suillia barberi, 512.9--Suillia quinquepunctata, also a photo of similar Allophyla--512.7 (2)
Brimley, p. 377, lists Suillia plumata and Suillia quinquepunctata from North Carolina (3)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.