Belongs within: Sciomyzoidea. The Conopidae are a group of flies that typically mimic wasps in appearance. Larvae are endoparasites of other insects. Living conopids are divided between three subfamilies, Dalmanniinae, Myopinae and Conopinae (a fourth subfamily, Stylogastrinae, is probably not monophyletic with other conopids), with a further subfamily Palaeomyopinae known from the fossil record (Skevington… Continue reading Conopidae


Belongs within: Sciomyzidae. The Tetanocerini are a group of snail-killing flies whose larvae are active predators of terrestrial or aquatic mollusks. Adults are characterised by a head with an antero-dorsally projecting profile, a pedicel subequal to or twice the length of the first flagellomere, and absence of a proepisternal seta (Marinoni & Knutson 2010). <==Tetanocerini… Continue reading Tetanocerini


Belongs within: Sciomyzoidea.Contains: Tetanocerini. The Sciomyzidae are a group of flies whose larvae are mostly predators or parasitoids of molluscs or (rarely) annelids. Most species attack gastropods; the North American Renocera brevis feeds on fingernail clams (Knutson 1987). The larvae of one species, Atrichomelina pubera, have been recorded varying between parasitic, predatory or saprophagous behaviour… Continue reading Sciomyzidae


Belongs within: Schizophora.Contains: Conopidae, Sciomyzidae. The Sciomyzoidea are a group of acalyptrate flies characterised by having the face desclerotised along the vertical midline, and possessing a densely setose frontal vitta. Members include the Coelopidae, robust flies with a somewhat flattened habitus most commonly found along coastlines (Vockeroth 1987). The Dryomyzidae are a Holarctic group with… Continue reading Sciomyzoidea