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Family Milichiidae - Freeloader Flies

Fly - Phyllomyza Milichiidae? Flies on Geum canadense flower - Paramyia Agromyzidae ? - Neophyllomyza Ambush bug and tiny flies feeding on bee Fly - Pholeomyia indecora - female Fly from stinging nettle stalk rearing Milichiella? - Milichiella
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Milichiidae (Freeloader Flies)
Explanation of Names
Milichiidae Schiner 1862
Numbers
36 spp. in 12 genera in our area(1), ~350 spp. in 18 genera total(2)
Size
1-5 mm(1)
Identification
Small, usually black or silvery.
Range
worldwide(2)
Habitat
open landscapes, forests & forest edges, forest canopy, stables/houses, caves(2)
Food
Larvae are generally saprophagous and live in decaying plants, but several are copro-/necrophagous(2); some are commensals of predatory insects, riding on them and feeding on exudates of the victims; often attend predators with Stink Bug prey
Life Cycle
larval stage generally lasts 2–3 weeks
Remarks
may be common in open areas
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