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Family Richardiidae

weird blue kansan fly - Coniceps niger - female Sepsidae? - Sepsisoma 20160709B07 - Sepsisoma fly - Automola rufa Richardiidae - Sepsisoma Richardiidae - Sepsisoma Epiplatea erosa Fruit Fly? Anything more specific? - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Richardiidae
Explanation of Names
Richardiidae Loew 1868
Numbers
10 spp. in 6 genera in our area(1), ~180 spp. in 34 genera total(2)
Range
restricted to the Americas, esp. the Neotropics; in our area, more diverse in sw. US(1); the only widespread sp. is Odontomera ferruginea(3)
Food
Some larvae are plant feeders or saprophagous in decaying plant matter.
Print References
Steyskal, G. C. 1987. 67. Richardiidae. Manual of Nearctic Diptera 2:833-837.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
2.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.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.