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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Neriidae - Cactus Flies

Longhorn Cactus Fly - Odontoloxozus longicornis Odontoloxozus longicornis - male Odontoloxozus longicornis What species is this? - Odontoloxozus longicornis West Coast Hemiptera 2 - Odontoloxozus longicornis Please help us to identify this guy. - Odontoloxozus longicornis should be Odontoloxozus longicornis  - Odontoloxozus longicornis assassin bug? - Odontoloxozus longicornis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Nerioidea
Family Neriidae (Cactus Flies)
Explanation of Names
Neriidae Westwood 1840
Numbers
3 spp. in 2 genera in our area(1)(2), >110 spp. in ~20 genera total(3)
Size
10-12 mm(1)
Range
in our area, sw. US(1)
Habitat
Larvae in dead cacti
Print References
(4)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Manual of Central American Diptera
Brian V. Brown et al. 2009. NRC Research Press.
3.Order Diptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Pape T., Blagoderov V., Mostovski M.B. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 222–229.
4.A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus. 1999. University of California Press.