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Subfamily Miltogramminae - Satellite Flies

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Sarcophagidae (Flesh Flies)
Subfamily Miltogramminae (Satellite Flies)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Miltogrammatinae
Explanation of Names
from genus Miltogramma, 'painted with reddish lines'
Satellite flies: female trails behind potential host, often within a narrow range as though tethered to the wasp
Identification
Arista usually bare or pubescent, but if short plumose, then hind coxa bare on posterior margin. Coxopleural streak present.(1) (distinguishes from Sarcophaginae)
Food
Larvae of most species feed on prey captured and paralyzed by sphecoid wasps; prey may include a variety of arthropods
Life Cycle
flies lay live larvae on the wasp's prey before it is buried, so the prey becomes food for the fly's larvae instead of the wasp's. In some species, flies larviposit in the entrance of wasp burrows, and the fly larvae wriggle down the burrow.
Internet References
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.Pape T., Dahlem G., de Mello Patiu C.A., Giroux M. (2012) The world of flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae)