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Species Delphinia picta

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Ulidiidae (Picture-winged Flies)
Subfamily Otitinae
Tribe Cephaliini
Genus Delphinia
Species picta (Delphinia picta)
Explanation of Names
Delphinia picta (Fabricius 1781)
picta = 'painted'
Size
7-8 mm
Identification
Wing pattern apparently distinctive, with two white triangles on front edge. Moves wings in rowing motion as it walks. Compare flies in this and related families.
Range
e NA (ME-FL to MN-*CO-*TX)(1)(*BG data)
Life Cycle
Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost(2)