Anthomyiidae

Pronunciation:  [Antho·my·EE⋅idee]

Common Name:  Root-maggot flies

Description:  Members of this family are small- to medium-size flies that resemble house flies but are somewhat more slender.   They are  are usually dull gray or black and silver in color.   Larvae typically feed in feed stems and roots of plants.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Arista of antenna is plumose along entire length
  2. M1 vein does not curve forward
  3. Anal vein reaches wing margin
  4. Dull gray body color
  5. Hypopleuron without bristles

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Order:  Diptera