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Upcoming Events

Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Subfamily Sarcophaginae

Flesh Fly - Sarcophaga - male Hope #1: Is this a flesh fly (Sarcophaga sp.)? - Sarcophaga gray fly pollinator - Sarcophaga Red Eyed Fly Bellieria melanura - NEW GENUS - Sarcophaga melanura - male Diptera - Flies 20161009OA16 Sarcophagidae sp - Rafaelia rufiventris
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Calyptratae)
Superfamily Oestroidea
Family Sarcophagidae (Flesh Flies)
Subfamily Sarcophaginae
well-defined, monophyletic group, but the taxonomy of subordinate taxa is in flux, and there is great inconsistency among sources(1)
small carrion (dead insects, snails, smaller vertebrates) -- only few species are breeding in larger vertebrate carcases and feces; some are able to develop on decomposing vegetable matter (e.g., melon/tomato pulp); some groups prey on snail, earthworms, spider eggs, turtle eggs; several genera include specialized parasitoids of arthropods (various Orthoptera, tenebrionid beetles, cockroaches, mantids, cicadas, millipedes) or ant/termite nest dwellers(1)