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Genus Dictya

Marsh Fly - Dictya First photo ever of Dictya disjuncta Orth - Dictya disjuncta - female Marsh Fly - Dictya Marsh Fly - Dictya pictipes Dictya Mottled-winged fly - Dictya fly042317a - Dictya Dictya swept from carex - Dictya
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Sciomyzoidea
Family Sciomyzidae (Marsh Flies, Snail-killing Flies)
Tribe Tetanocerini
Genus Dictya
Explanation of Names
Dictya Meigen 1803
~30 spp. in our area(1)
5-8 mm
Body usually yellow to brownish, with patterned wings. Antennae usually longer than in most flies, and legs elongated.
White face with black dot is diagnostic --Bill Murphy's comment
Ponds, streams, marshes, and damp woods.
Larva usually feed on snails, slugs, and snail eggs.