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Family Chamaemyiidae

Two Stripes - Leucopis Fly - Chamaemyia Chamaemyia? - Chamaemyia Fly - Chamaemyia Leucopis ID Req. - Leucopis Lauxaniidae?  Minettia? - Chamaemyia Leucopis? - Leucopis small fly sp. - Parochthiphila
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Lauxanioidea
Family Chamaemyiidae
Other Common Names
Silver Flies, Aphid Flies
Explanation of Names
Chamaemyiidae Hendel 1910
100-150 nearctic spp. in 8 genera of 3 subfamilies(1), ~350 spp. in 30 genera worldwide(2)
Usually silvery gray with black spots, but some are tiny, shiny black flies(3)
Larvae consume aphids, scales
Some species have been used to control aphid and scale pests
Works Cited
1.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
2.USDA Diptera Site (now closed)
3.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.