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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Idana marginata

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Ulidiidae (Picture-winged Flies)
Subfamily Otitinae
No Taxon (Genera incertae sedis possibly related to Cephaliini)
Genus Idana
Species marginata (Idana marginata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ortalis marginata Say, 1830
Over 10 mm - largest ulidiid in eastern North America (1)
Northeastern USA and adjacent Canada
Develops in compost (1)
Sometimes found feeding on sap at tree wounds
Print References
Brimley, p. 381, lists from the mountains of North Carolina in May. (2)
Internet References
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection has 7 pinned, including specimens from that state.
Works Cited
1.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.