Pipunculidae

Pronunciation:  [Pip·un·CULE·i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Big-headed Flies

Description:   As their common name suggests, these small flies have unusually large heads which are almost entirely composed of the compound eyes.   The larvae are internal parasitoids of leafhoppers and planthoppers.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Large head almost entirely covered by compound eyes
  2. Wings elongated and usually narrow at base
  3. Anal cell present, elongate, and ending in a point near the wing margin

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Order:  Diptera