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Subfamily Forcipomyiinae

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Ceratopogonidae (Biting Midges)
Subfamily Forcipomyiinae
Numbers
~100 spp. in 2 genera (with many subgenera) in our area(1), ~1630 spp. in 2 genera worldwide(2)
Identification
Claws curved but not especially long, empodia long. Typically hairier than subfamily Ceratopogininae.
Range
worldwide and throughout NA(2)
Remarks
Many species are ectoparasites. Some host associations are
Blister beetles: Atrichopogon (Meloehelea)
Butterflies: Forcipomyia (Trichohelea) baueri
Caterpillars: Forcipomyia (Microhelea) fuliginosa
Dragonflies: Forcipomyia (Pterobosca)
Fishflies: Forcipomyia (Trichohelea) mcateei
Frogs: Forcipomyia (Lasiohelea) fairfaxensis
Lacewings: Forcipomyia (Trichohelea) eques and Forcipomyia (Pterobosca)
Long-horned beetles: Forcipomyia (Trichohelea) crinita
Print References
Wirth, Willis W. 1956. New species of biting midges ectoparasitic on insects (Diptera: Heleidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 49:356-364