Jasmeen Sunner: Diptera 1
Specimen #: 3
Date of Collection: August, 2018
Location: 34°03'41.0"N 84°02'45.2"W
Species Abundance: 5
Distinguishing Morphological Features:
-Small bodied golden colored flies
-Converging post vertical bristles.
-One pair of developed front wings and a pair of undeveloped back wings(halteres)
-Five segmented tarsi
-Bristles on the thorax and on the frons.
-These are common in wooded areas.
Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:
-Larvae eat decaying forest matter, such as leaves and similar vegetation.
-They are a very important food for larger animals.
-Many of them are considered to be pests, as they are scavengers as adults.
-Can spread disease