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Family Scatopsidae - Minute Black Scavenger Flies

Small fly on flowers Tiny, slender fly(?) Minute Black Scavenger Flies pair Small Black Fly Minute Black Scavenger Fly Scatopsidae Scatopse Diptera larvae in decaying wood
Classification
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
Numbers
72 spp. in 16 genera in our area(1), >400 spp. in 34 genera worldwide(2)
Size
0.6-5 mm
Identification
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)
Food
Adults sometimes on flowers
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on decaying organic matter, such as detritus or excrement; more in(4)
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