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Photo#364532
fly possibly associated with snails - Spiniphora

fly possibly associated with snails - Spiniphora
rural, Dallas County, Iowa, USA
Size: about 2 mm
I found this fly dead in a container that contained a snail shell. I believe the snail to be a gastrocopta species. Size of fly, 2mm, is approximate length from head to tip of curled up abdomen. This may have been an incidental visitor, but I took it to be an emerged adult from a larva parasitic on the snail. Date of emergence unknown.

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fly possibly associated with snails - Spiniphora fly possibly associated with snails - Spiniphora fly possibly associated with snails - Spiniphora

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ID
This is a Phorid fly. Some are associated with carrion (the "coffin fly", etc.).

 
identification
This is a Spiniphora, a genus whose larvae feed on dead snails. I might be able to put a species name on it.

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