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Subfamily Sarcophaginae

Predator escapee Flesh Fly - Sarcophaga Helicobia - NEW GENUS - Helicobia rapax - male Fly IMG_8990 Gray fly probably Tachinidae Sarcophagid Sarcophagid...? Fly
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)