Empididae


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Empididae

[em′pid·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The dance flies, a family of orthorrhaphous dipteran insects in the series Nematocera.

Empididae

 

a family of dipterous insects. The body, which measures up to 15 mm in length, is elongate and slightly downy, with long legs and a needle-like proboscis. Empididae are widely distributed over the earth and are especially numerous in forests. There are approximately 2,800 species. In summer the insects swarm, performing complex mating dances. They are predators of smaller insects. Adults are found on the leaves and trunks of trees and on flowers. The larvae develop in soil and forest humus, although some larvae are aquatic, developing in streams and small rivers.

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76 900 Agromizidae 3 Anthomyiidae 1 Calliphoridae 9 Cecidiomyiidae 18 Chironomidae 29 Chloropidae 67 Culicidae 23 Dolichopodidae 4 Empididae 14 Muscidae 286 Mycetophilidae 243 Phoridae 3 Scathophagidae 1 Sciaridae 3 Simuliidae (Simulium sp.
1[male] and 1[female] from the Klein Visrivier were captured while feeding on adult Empididae (NMSA prey records 0793 & 0974).
Simuliidae, Bombyliidae, Empididae, Syrphidae, Tachinidae, Muscidae, Phycodromidae, Borboridae, Trypetidae, Ephydridae, Drosophilidae, Geomyzidae, Agromyzidae, Conopidae.
1 Syrphidae 4 3 Tephritidae 2 4 Calliphoridae 3 Muscidae 2 8 Sciaridae 8 Dolichopodidae 21 20 Ephydridae 26 2 Lauxaniidae 2 1 Chloropidae 68 21 Chamaemyiidae 1 Agromyzidae 16 3 Drosophilidae 6 1 Stratiomyidae 4 Empididae 1 Phoridae 5 Chironomidae 2 Milichiidae 7 Mycetophilidae 2 Cecidomyiidae 1 Pipunculidae 1 Otitidae 1 Sepsidae 4 Anthomyzidae 13 Trixoscelididae 2 Lepidoptera 0.
This was due to the appearance in August of prey in the families Anisopodidae, Culicidae, Mycetophilidae, and Psychodidae, as well as the absence of Empididae and Ceratopogonidae.
In the fourth empidid volume of the series, Chvala covers the most difficult Palaearctic genus of the family Empididae.
midge pupae Culicidae Tripulidae Empididae Stratiomyidae Syrphidae USX Reach Taxa IDEM1 FWS2 FWS3 IDEM2 Phylum Porifera Phylum Cnidaria Hydridae Hydra Phylum Platyhelminthes Turbellaria X Phylum Nematoda Phylum Bryozoa Plumatella unidentified bryozoans Phylum Annelida Oligochaeta Lumbricidae Lumbriculidae Tubificidae Limnodrilus Limnodrilus cervix Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri Potamothrix vejdovskyi Quistadrilus multisetosus immature w/o capil.
The Cape Fold Mountains retain Gondwanan Blephariceridae, Psychodidae, Empididae, Africa's only tanyderid, and close-to-basal Chironomidae (Kirk-Spriggs & Stuckenberg 2009: 178).
785 918 Dolichopodidae 0 0 0 0 0 Empididae 1 10 5 0 7 Psychodidae 1 68 1 31 1 Simullidae 81 1.
Nine families within four Orders also were identified from fragments: Homoptera: Achilidae, Aphididae, and Cercopidae; Neuroptera: Chrysopidae; Coleoptera: Cantharidae and Mordellidae; and Diptera: Empididae, Mycetophillidae, and Sciaridae.
The current knowledge and taxonomic status of the Afrotropical Empidoidea (exclusive of Dolichopodidae) is due almost entirely to the comprehensive revision of the southern African Empididae sensu lato by K.