Pronunciation:  [My·seat·oh·FILL·i⋅dae]

Common Name:   Fungus Gnats

Description:  Mycetophilids are small, delicate flies with long legs and long, multi-segmented antennae.  They have dull yellow or dark colored bodies and an extremely hump-backed thorax.   Fungus gnats are typically found in moist environments where their larvae feed on fungi and decaying organic material.


Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Long, multi-segmented antennae
  2. Hump-backed thorax
  3. Long legs with long coxae
  4. Large bristles and apical spurs on the tibiae
  5. Body color is dull yellow or dark gray

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Order:  Diptera