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Genus Euxesta

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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 Ulidiinae
Tribe Lipsanini
Genus Euxesta
Explanation of Names
Euxesta Loew 1868
Greek 'well polished'
Numbers
31 spp. in our area(1)
Size
3-5 mm
Habitat
Associated with rotting organic matter
Food
adults feed on juices of rotting plants, etc.; larvae feed on rotting organic matter
Life Cycle
E. notata seen to oviposit on a slime mold, Fuligo septica:

Pupation in soil.
Remarks
E. stigmatias, the Cornsilk Fly, is an agricultural pest
See Also
Print References
Curran C.H. (1935) New American Diptera. American Museum Novitates 812. (AMNH)
Internet References
Fact sheet (Nuessly & Capinera 2001-2013)(2)