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Family Sepsidae - Black Scavenger Flies

black scavenger fly - Sepsis - female Fly - male Picture Winged Fly - Sepsis Sepsidae? - Sepsis Fly - Sepsis punctum Sepsis? - Sepsis - male black scavenger fly Meroplius minutus (black scavenger fly) - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Sepsidae (Black Scavenger Flies)
Explanation of Names
Sepsidae Walker 1833
Numbers
34 spp. in 11 genera in our area(1), ~350 spp. in 38 genera total(2)
Identification
Small, shining blackish flies, sometimes with a reddish tinge; spherical head; abdomen narrowed at the base. Many species have a dark spot along the costal margin of the wing near the tip.
Habitat
Larvae live in excrement and various types of decaying matter. Adults found near material that the larvae feed on.(3)(4)
Print References
(5)
Internet References
image galleries: diptera.info(6) | sepsidnet(7)