Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Neriidae - Cactus Flies

Longhorn Cactus Fly for California in April - Odontoloxozus longicornis Longhorn Cactus Fly, Odontoloxozus longicornis - Odontoloxozus longicornis Longhorn Cactus Fly (Odontoloxozus longicornis) on Saguaro Cactus - Odontoloxozus longicornis Water Fly - Odontoloxozus longicornis Unknown Bug - Odontoloxozus longicornis Please help us to identify this guy. - Odontoloxozus longicornis - female Arizona bug,  sucking? - Odontoloxozus longicornis - female Female, Odontoloxozus longicornis? - Odontoloxozus longicornis - female
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
3 spp. in 2 genera in our area(1)(2), >110 spp. in ~20 genera total(3)
10-12 mm(1)
in our area, sw. US(1)
Larvae in dead cacti
Print References
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.