Mydidae

Pronunciation:  [MY·did⋅dae]

Common Name:  Mydas Flies

Description:   Mydas flies are medium to large in size and often mimic wasps.  They are recognizable by their long, clubbed antennae, and by a distinctive pattern of curved cells in the wing venation.   Adults and larvae are predaceous.   Larvae can be found in decaying wood and probably prey on soil-dwelling insects, especially beetle larvae.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Four-segmented antenna with terminal club
  2. Recurved veins near wing margin form concentric cells

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Order:  Diptera