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Genus Condylostylus

Condylostylus comatus group - Condylostylus - female Don’t know what it is - Condylostylus - female Condylostylus comatus group - Condylostylus comatus Blow Fly ? - Condylostylus Condylostylus - female Condylostylus Long-legged Fly--Condylostylus sp. - Condylostylus - female Can this be assigned to Condylostylus comatus? - Condylostylus - male
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 Sciapodinae
Genus Condylostylus
Explanation of Names
Condylostylus Bigot 1859
~35 spp. in our area(1)(2)(3), >300 total
wings at rest held at an angle relative to abdomen (Sciapus, Amblypsilopus, or Mesorhaga hold wings flat) • male abdomen is narrow, female abdomen more round, tapering to a point
New World, by far more diverse in the Neotropics; Pacific islands, Africa • in our area mostly eastern
Typically found at the edges of moist forests on exposed leaf foliage
Adults feed on soft-bodied invertebrates
Life Cycle
Larvae develop in wet to dry soil and pupate in cocoons made up of soil particles cemented together. Courtship elaborate and involves males displaying legs to the female.
Different species are commonly found together, even on adjacent leaves.
Print References
Curran C.H. (1942) American Diptera. Bull. AMNH 80: 51‒84 (key to Laxina; Full text)