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Genus Coenosia - Tiger Flies

Blueberry colored flies mating - Coenosia tigrina - male - female Tiger Flies  - Coenosia Tiger Fly with prey - Coenosia tigrina tiger fly - Coenosia - female A Dolichopodid Dinner - Coenosia tiger fly - Coenosia tigrina Coenosia tigrina tiger fly - Coenosia tigrina - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Muscoidea
Family Muscidae (House Flies and kin)
Subfamily Coenosiinae
Tribe Coenosiini
Genus Coenosia (Tiger Flies)
Explanation of Names
Coenosia Meigen 1826
Numbers
~80 spp. in our area(1), >360 worldwide(2)
Range
Worldwide(2)
Habitat
larvae in humus soil and plants infested with other fly larvae; adults hunt in grassy habitats(2)
Food
both larvae and adults predatory(2)
Remarks
Some species are used in biocontrol(2)
Some species (e.g. C. attenuata) have been introduced accidentally from the Palaearctic region, perhaps with potted plants.
Print References
Snyder F.M. (1958) A review of New World Neodexiopsis (Diptera, Muscidae). [1], The ovata group. American Museum novitates 1892 (AMNH)
Internet References
Illustrated article on C. attenuata hunting behaviour, by M. Suvák
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Manual of Central American Diptera
Brian V. Brown et al. 2009. NRC Research Press.