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Genus Ochthera

Fly - Ochthera anatolikos - male Shore Flies Genus Ochthera mantis complex - Ochthera Ochthera shore fly - Ochthera shore fly - Ochthera diptera - Ochthera shore fly – genus Ochthera? - Ochthera shore fly with raptorial front legs - Ochthera
Classification
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
Numbers
13 spp. in our area(1), ~40 worldwide
Size
4-5 mm
Identification
forelegs raptorial
key to species in(2)
Range
much of NA(1) and the world
Habitat
most adults are found near water (streams, rivers, lake shores), and most larvae are aquatic or semi-aquatic
Food
Adults feed on small insects, grasped and held with raptorial forelimbs, and take a variety of prey, including small flies and planthoppers (NC Insect Museum), and can excavate prey from soil using protibial spines; larvae prey primarily on the immature forms of 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.
3.NCSU Insect Museum blog