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Genus Desmometopa

Confusion - Desmometopa Milichiidae - Freeloader Flies? - Desmometopa Milichiidae - Freeloader Flies - Desmometopa Freeloader Flies (Milichiidae)? - Desmometopa Little Fly on Big Fly - Desmometopa unknown fly? - Desmometopa fly on bee balm - 2 - Desmometopa fly - Desmometopa
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Milichiidae (Freeloader Flies)
Subfamily Madizinae
Genus Desmometopa
Explanation of Names
Desmometopa Loew 1866
Numbers
50 spp. in 3 subgenera total(1)
Identification
Black "M" on forehead.
Range
Worldwide, with some species widely distributed by man.
Remarks
Females are kleptoparasitic and are especially attracted to predatory insects or spiders feeding on honeybees(1). This habit is observed in places where honeybees are not native (e.g. North America), but it is possible that the species feeding on honeybees are also introduced.
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