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Subfamily Microdontinae

Microdon fly - Microdon aurulentus syrphid - Microdon Microdon - Microdon manitobensis Microdon Mating Flies ? - male - female microdon - Microdon globosus Scale like insect on dead wood, this fly emerged - Microdon - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Microdontinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
taxonomy overhauled in(1)
~35 spp. in 6 genera in our area, >450 spp. in 53 genera worldwide, >170 spp. in the neotropics; Microdon is by far the largest genus(1)(2)
mostly tropics, especially the neotropics; diversity in temperate regions sharply limited(2), with just over 50 spp. known from the Holarctic region(1)
larvae in ant nests; adults do not frequent flowers and keep close to ant nests(2)
larvae are predators of ant brood(2)