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Genus Ochthera

Ochthera sp? - Ochthera crab footed fly - Ochthera - female Unknown fly caught in wetland area - Ochthera Shore Fly - Ochthera - Ochthera Ochthera Diptera-3 - Ochthera Fly near Big Cypress - Ochthera shore fly – Ochthera sp.? - Ochthera
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Ephydroidea
Family Ephydridae (Shore Flies)
Subfamily Gymnomyzinae
Genus Ochthera
Explanation of Names
Ochthera Latreille 1802
13 spp. in our area(1), ~40 total
4‒5 mm
forelegs raptorial
key to species in (2)
much of NA(1) and the world
most adults near water; larvae mostly aquatic/semi-aquatic
Adults feed on small insects (incl. small flies and planthoppers) grasped with raptorial forelimbs, and can excavate prey from soil using protibial spines; larvae prey primarily on immature Chironomidae(1)
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. Revision of the Nearctic, Neotropical, and Palearctic Species of the Genus Ochthera
Philip J. Clausen. 1977. American Entomological Society.