Phorinae

Belongs within: Phoridae. The Phorinae are a group of scuttle flies characterised by more or less distinct bristles on the tibiae, particularly a proximodorsal pair on the mid tibia (Peterson 1987). In the genus Stichillus, the ocelli are arranged nearly in a straight line rather than the more typical triangle, with the ocellar region demarcated… Continue reading Phorinae

Platypezoidea

Belongs within: Cyclorrhapha.Contains: Phoridae. The Platypezoidea are a clade of small, humpbacked flies supported by molecular phylogenetic analyses. Members of the Platypezidae, flat-footed flies, often have the hind tarsi modified, such as being enlarged and flattened in females or bearing processes in males (Chandler 2010). The Ironomyiidae are small flies restricted in the modern fauna… Continue reading Platypezoidea

Metopininae

Belongs within: Phoridae.Contains: Melaloncha, Megaselia. The Metopininae are a diverse group of scuttle flies that generally lack strong isolated bristles on the tibiae. Members of the genus Beckerina have two or four strongly divergent supra-antennal bristles that are usually more or less reclinate and porrect; in other metopinines, these bristles (if present) are not strongly… Continue reading Metopininae

Phoridae

Belongs within: Platypezoidea.Contains: Metopininae, Phorinae. The Phoridae, scuttle flies, are a group of small hump-backed flies of diverse habits. Winged species are readily distinguished by the characteristic venation of their wings, with four or five veins (corresponding to the M and R veins) running obliquely across the main body of the wing. The branches of… Continue reading Phoridae

Melaloncha

Belongs within: Metopininae. Melaloncha is a Neotropical genus of scuttle flies with larvae that are endoparasitoids of bees. Females have the abdominal segment 7 sclerotised and the following segments modified into a sharp stylet to form a piercing ovipositor. Characters (from Brown 2004): Frons narrow. Supra-antennal setae absent. Fore femur with posterodorsal seta near apex.… Continue reading Melaloncha