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Subfamily Forcipomyiinae

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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 Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Ceratopogonidae (Biting Midges)
Subfamily Forcipomyiinae
~100 spp. in 2 genera (with many subgenera) in our area(1), ~1630 spp. in 2 genera worldwide(2)
Claws curved but not especially long, empodia long. Typically hairier than subfamily Ceratopogininae.
worldwide and throughout NA(2)
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