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Species Clogmia albipunctata - Filter Fly

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Psychodomorpha
Family Psychodidae (Moth Flies and Sand Flies)
Subfamily Psychodinae (Moth Flies)
Tribe Paramormiini
Genus Clogmia
Species albipunctata (Filter Fly)
Other Common Names
Drain Fly, Bathroom Fly, Mothmidge, Bathroom Mothmidge
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Telmatoscopus meridionalis Eaton 1894, Psychoda snowii Haseman 1907, Psychoda albonigra Brunetti 1908, Telmatoscopus albipunctatus Tonnoir 1921, Psychoda erecta Curran 1926
Explanation of Names
Clogmia albipunctata (Williston 1893)
albipunctata = 'white-dotted'
White antennae and white spots on edges of wings and tips of leg segments(1)
Originally mostly tropical, now found in human habitats across North America
Typically water with decaying organic matter -- tree holes, stagnant ponds, drains, in containers or trash filled with water, bathrooms, kitchens, in sewers, and near wastewater treatment plants
Life Cycle
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Print References
Nevill E.M. et al. (1969) A case of nasal myiasis caused by the larvae of Telmatoscopus albipunctatus (Williston) 1893 (Diptera: Psychodidae). S. Afr. Med. J. 43: 512-514 (Full text)
Internet References
Fact sheet (anon., Duke U.)