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Subfamily Microdontinae

Larvae ? - Microdon Another microdon? - Microdon fly - Microdon aurulentus Syrphid Fly - Rhopalosyrphus guentherii - male Scale like insect on dead wood, this fly emerged - Microdon - female Microdon? - Microdon tristis Flies - Microdon - male - female Microdon megalogaster? - Microdon
Classification
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)
Numbers
~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)
Range
mostly tropics, especially the neotropics; diversity in temperate regions sharply limited(2), with just over 50 spp. known from the Holarctic region(1)
Habitat
larvae in ant nests; adults do not frequent flowers and keep close to ant nests(2)
Food
larvae are predators of ant brood(2)