Tyler Turner: Diptera
Specimen #: 1
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