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Family Milichiidae - Freeloader Flies

tiny fly Green lynx spider wasp prey ( FLIES?) Milichiidae, Freeloader Fly, lateral - Paramyia Milichiella lacteipennis? - Milichiella Fly - Paramyia Diptera Leptometopa latipes Freeloader Flies in Saskatoon
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Carnoidea
Family Milichiidae (Freeloader Flies)
Explanation of Names
Milichiidae Schiner 1862
36 spp. in 12 genera in our area(1), close to 400 spp. in 18 genera total(2)
1-5 mm(1)
Small, usually black or silvery.
open landscapes, forests & forest edges, forest canopy, stables/houses, caves(2)
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
may be common in open areas