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Anthomyid Fly Family
Anthomyiidae
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

Anthomyid Flies can be found just about everywhere. These flies often resemble their close relatives, the House Fly. Fly experts could tell an Athomyid Fly by the pattern that the veins make on the wings, and then home it to species by looking at the placement of the bristles on the body. This gives the regular bugwatcher some idea of how difficult it is to ID the thousands and thousands of the less conspicuous insects that we share our world with. Itís probably more interesting just to see what they are up to.

The adults may be seen feeding at flat-topped flowers such as members of the carrot family. Some are predators.

The larvae have diverse habits. Many are plant feeders. Vegetable gardeners are not fond of the Onion Root Maggot that feeds on their onion crop. Some chew on other plant parts, some mine leaves, and some make galls. Still others sustain themselves on decaying dung.

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