Ephydridae

Pronunciation:  [Eh·FID·ri⋅dae]

Common Name:  Shore Flies

Description:   Ephydrids are small, dark colored flies that are often abundant near sewage lagoons and pools of stagnant water.  They are also found near the seashore, in marshes and around small streams.   Adults often cluster on the surface of the water and billow up in a cloud when disturbed.  The larvae are aquatic.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Dark gray or black in color
  2. Wing venation lacks crossvein between 2nd basal cell and discal cell
  3. Anal cell absent

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Order:  Diptera