Therevidae

Pronunciation:  [The·REV·i⋅dae]

Common Name:   Snipe Flies

Description:  Small to medium flies with a tapering abdomen.  Most species are brown or yellow in color with short, silvery hairs covering most of the body.   Adults feed mostly on nectar, honeydew, and pollen; the larvae are predators of soil arthropods.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Tapering abdomen
  2. Third segment of antenna is elongated
  3. Body usually covered with short, silvery hairs

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Order:  Diptera