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Family Nymphomyiidae

tiny larva - Nymphomyia larva - Nymphomyia
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Family Nymphomyiidae
Explanation of Names
Nymphomyiidae Tokunaga 1932
a single genus, with 2 spp. in our area and 8 total(1)(2)
1.5-2.5 mm(1)
wings vestigial, long-fringed, almost feather-like, antennae clubbed; adults shed wings; larvae look like small midge larvae with 8 long prolegs(3)
in our area, ne. NA (NB-ME-QC)(1); other spp. in e. Asia (Japan, Himalaya, Russian Far East)(3)
larvae in moss in small streams; adults underwater(3)
Life Cycle
female lays eggs underwater; they remain attached to her until she dies(3)