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Family Scatopsidae - Minute Black Scavenger Flies

Tiny, slender fly(?) Unknown Diptera 1 Sciaroidae fly Scatopsidae Scatopsid? Mating Minute Black Scavenger Flies - male - female Scatopsid? - Scatopse
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Bibionomorpha (Gnats, Gall Midges, and March Flies)
Family Scatopsidae (Minute Black Scavenger Flies)
Explanation of Names
Scatopsidae Newman 1834
72 spp. in 16 genera in our area(1), >400 spp. in 34 genera worldwide(2)
0.6-5 mm
Veins along wing margin strong, while remaining veins are generally weak. Short antennae. Fork of Cu at wing base; similar Bibionomorpha have fork far more distal.
key to world genera in(3)
Adults sometimes on flowers
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on decaying organic matter, such as detritus or excrement; more in(4)
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