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Genus Heteromyia

Red Fly - Heteromyia fasciata - female Red Fly - Heteromyia fasciata Biting Midge - Heteromyia prattii - female Biting Midges Heteromyia prattii Female - Heteromyia prattii - female Is this in Mycetophilidae? - Heteromyia prattii - female Biting Midget Heteromyia prattii - Heteromyia prattii Ceratopogonid - Heteromyia prattii - female Ceratopogonid - Heteromyia prattii - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Ceratopogonidae (Biting Midges)
Subfamily Ceratopogoninae
Tribe Heteromyiini
Genus Heteromyia
2 spp. in our area, 17 spp. total(1)
Fore femur greatly swollen; abdomen shining; wing venation, shape, coloration (2).
"A genus of large heteromyiine biting midges distinguished from all other ceratopogonid genera by the following combination of characters: fore femur greatly swollen with 20-30 spines; wing fasciate; hind claw of female greatly enlarged with inner claw smaller than the other." -- Wirth and Grogan 1977
New World, mostly neotropical(1); in our area, e. US (MA to the Gulf of Mexico)(2)
"The larva are found in aquatic or semi-aquatic vegetation; rearings have been made from Sphagnum and Cabomba." Wirth and Grogan 1979
Print References
W.W. Wirth and W.L. Grogan, Jr. (1977) Taxonomic notes on the genus Heteromyia Say, and a new species from Nicaragua. The Florida Entomologist 60(3): 177-185.
Works Cited
1.Borkent A. (2012) World species of biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)
2.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 1
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1981. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.