Belongs within: Cyclorrhapha.Contains: Pipunculinae, Microdon, Eristalini, Cerioidini, Syrphus. The Syrphoidea are a group of flies including two distinctive families, the Syrphidae and Pipunculidae, that lack a ptilinal fissure and possess wings with a very long cell CuP (Colless & McAlpine 1991). The Syrphidae, hover flies, are often strikingly coloured flies, a number of which mimic… Continue reading Syrphoidea


Belongs within: Ephydroidea.Contains: Drosophila. The Drosophilidae are a family of generally small flies, often feeding on fungi as larvae. Larvae of the genus Scaptomyza are leaf miners, and those of many Steganinae are predators on Sternorrhyncha. Most drosophilids have plumes on both sides of the antennal arista, and three pairs of fronto-orbital bristles with the… Continue reading Drosophilidae


Belongs within: Cyclorrhapha.Synapomorphies: Odiniidae, Periscelididae, Carnidae, Agromyzidae, Sphaeroceridae, Ephydroidea, Calyptratae, Tephritoidea, Chyromyidae, Opomyzidae, Sepsidae, Chloropidae, Milichiidae, Diopsidae, Canacidae, Nerioidea, Aulacigastridae, Tanypezoidea, Heleomyzidae, Sciomyzoidea, Lauxanioidea, Ropalomeridae, Asteiidae, Psilidae, Clusiidae, Pallopteridae. The Schizophora is a major clade of flies distinguished by the presence of the ptilinum, an eversible membrane in the head that is filled with fluid… Continue reading Schizophora


Belongs within: Calyptratae.Contains: Nycteribiidae. The Streblidae, bat flies, are a group of blood-feeding flies parasitic on bats. Members include both winged and wingless forms. Most are ectoparasites except females of Ascodipteron that become embedded in the host’s skin. The Neotropical Nycterophiliinae are laterally compressed and flea-like whereas other species are dorsoventrally or not compressed (Dick… Continue reading Streblidae


Belongs within: Drosophilidae.Contains: Drosophila (Drosophila), Drosophila (Sophophora). Drosophila is a diverse, cosmopolitan genus of vinegar flies; the monophyly of the genus as generally recognised is currently under debate. Many species have become widely dispersed outside their native ranges as a result of human activity. One of these is southeast Asian native D. busckii, a small,… Continue reading Drosophila


Belongs within: Anthomyiidae. Hylemya is a genus of anthomyiid flies with three pairs of postsutural dorsocentral bristles, no hairs on the katepimeron, and aristae with the longest hairs longer than the first antennal flagellomere (Huckett 1987). <==Hylemya Robineau-Desvoidy 1830F92 |–H. (Hylemya) vagans (Panzer 1798)F92 (see below for synonymy) `–H. (Hylemyza S. & D. 1911)F92 `–H.… Continue reading Hylemya


Belongs within: Muscinae. Musca is a cosmopolitan genus of flies including the house fly M. domestica and related species. Members are non-metallic in coloration and typically have the M1 vein sharply bent towards R4+5 (Pont 1973). Characters (from Pont 1973): Male head holoptic or subholoptic, female head dichoptic. Female frons without interfrontal setae, but with… Continue reading Musca


Belongs within: Calliphoridae. The Ameniini are metallic-coloured blow flies whose larvae (where known) are parasites of snails. Characters (Peris & González-Mora 2004): Coloration generally bright metallic green. Head with strong and defined facial crest between antennae. Parafacials naked. Thorax with distinct postscutellum. Prosternum hairy. Postalar wall setose. Metathoracic spiracle with bunch of long, robust setae… Continue reading Ameniini

Sarcophaga (Sarcorohdendorfia)

Belongs within: Sarcophaga. Sarcorohdendorfia is a subgenus of the flesh fly genus Sarcophaga with densely hairy propleura (Lopes 1959). Characters (Lopes 1959, as Tricholioproctia): Propleura densely hairy; four to six post-sutural dorsocentral bristles present; fifth sternite of male V-shaped; eighth sternite of female membranous, penis with well individualized theca, a large membranous and transversally folded… Continue reading Sarcophaga (Sarcorohdendorfia)


Belongs within: Oestroidea.Contains: Exoristinae, Tachininae, Dexiinae, Phasiinae. The Tachinidae are a group of flies with larvae that are endoparasitic on other arthropods. They can generally be recognised by the presence of an enlarged subscutellum at the back of the thorax. The majority of tachinids parasitise Coleoptera or Lepidoptera but a wide range of hosts are… Continue reading Tachinidae