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Genus Medetera

Long-legged Fly - Medetera - male Upright tiny grey fly - Medetera Robber/Assassin Fly? 2 - Medetera Woodpecker Fly - Medetera - female Fly ID - Medetera Very small fly on wall - Medetera SBBG-SCL-TIC_001089 - Medetera Medetera sp. - Medetera
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Empidoidea
Family Dolichopodidae (Longlegged Flies)
Subfamily Medeterinae
Genus Medetera
Other Common Names
Woodpecker Flies
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Medetera Fischer von Waldheim 1819
~50 spp. in our area, hundreds total
"The genus has a distinctive habitus, which with little practice is easily recognized, even by the unaided eye. In addition to its characteristic stance in life, the combination of the heavily sclerotized proboscis, strongly flattened mesoscutum, and the distinctive arch of both R4+5 and M enables one to spot the genus at a glance." (Bickel 1985)
Larvae usually eat larvae of bark beetles (Scolytinae). Adults eat a wide variety of soft-bodied arthropods.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A revision of the Nearctic Medetera (Diptera, Dolichopodidae)
Bickel D.J. 1985. USDA Tech. Bull. 1692. 109 pp.