Tyler Turner: Diptera

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Diptera Conopidae Specimen

Specimen #: 1

Order: Diptera

Family: Conopidae

Date of Collection: August, 2018

Location: 34°03'41.0"N 84°02'45.2"W

Location H`: 2.78

Species Abundance: 8

Distinguishing Morphological Features:

- Diptera is a very large and diverse order of mostly small to medium-sized insects.

-They have prominent compound eyes on a mobile head

- The second pair of wings, on the metathorax, are reduced to halteres.

-The configuration of integumental bristles is of fundamental importance in their taxonomy, as is wing venation.

-Conopidae includes flies of small to large size (3–20 mm, usually 5–15 mm).

-They are often lustrous with a black and yellow colour pattern or with reddish brown markings

- The wing is usually clear, in some cases with dark markings often along the costa.

Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:

- The larvae of all conopids are internal parasites

- Adult females aggressively intercept their hosts in flight to deposit eggs


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