Cedar Creek
Ecosystem Science Reserve


Insects of Cedar Creek

Order DIPTERA

Family MUSCIDAE

(Muscid Flies)

(Table of Species)

This closely related family (622 NA spp) is also swept from Old Fields in large numbers. Adults are generally predaceous or anthophilous. Larvae are phytophagous, saprophagous, scatophagous or zoophagous. Eight subfamilies are recognized.

COENOSIINAE
The most common flies in this subfamily found in old field sweeps are generally small and blue-toned with black markings (Coenosia, Limosia, Oplogaster) or dark-brown with broad heads (Schoenomyza). Other genera collected include: Macrorchis, Limnospila, Caricea?.........

LISPINAE
Specimens of the genus Lispe have been collected near water.

LIMNOPHORINAE
Genera include Gymnodia, Spilogona, Limnophora. None collected???

MYDAEINAE
Helina is a commonly collected genus in this subfamily. Other genera collected include: Myospila meditabunda, Mydaea.....

FANNIINAE
Fannia is the most commonly collected genus in this subfamily. They breed in mushrooms, decay, and excrement.

PHAONIINAE
These flies are generally quite large. Phaonia is a commonly collected genus. Other genera collected include: Muscina assimilis, Hydrotaea, Bigotomyia houghi.....

MUSCINAE
The Muscinae breed in decay and excrement. This subfamily includes the House Fly,  Musca domestica. M. autumnalis occurs in the field. Other genera collected include: Pararicia pascuorum, Eudasyphora cyanicolor?, Graphomya maculata..........

STOMOXYINAE
This subfamily of biting flies includes Stomoxys calcitrans (Stable Fly) and Haematobia sp (Horn Flies). Stomoxys is the irritating ankle-biter of late summer. Haematobia has not been collected.


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