Sciomyzidae

Pronunciation:  [Sigh·oh·MY·zi⋅dae]

Common Name:  Marsh Flies

Description:   Marsh flies are common along the edges of ponds and rivers, and in marshy areas.  The adults are small to medium-sized flies with dull brown, gray, or yellowish body color.  Most species have patterns of spots on the wings.  The larvae are parasites of slugs and snails.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Wings usually marked with spots
  2. Femur of middle leg has a prominent bristle near its mid-point
  3. Antennae extend forward noticeably

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Order:  Diptera