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Family Richardiidae

weird blue kansan fly - Coniceps niger - female Richardiidae - Coniceps niger - female very small fly - Odontomera ferruginea Odontomera?? - Odontomera ferruginea - female Unknown small fly - Epiplatea erosa yard alien fly Odontomera sp., maybe? fly - Sepsisoma flavescens
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.
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.