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Subfamily Sarcophaginae

Sarcophaga Fly - female Tachinid? Sarcophagidae Sarcophagidae 160621B05 - Rafaelia rufiventris Flesh Fly - Ravinia Sarcophagidae? - male
Classification
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
Identification
well-defined, monophyletic group, but the taxonomy of subordinate taxa is in flux, and there is great inconsistency among sources(1)
Food
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)