Random Insect: Root maggot fly


Root maggot fly (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) photographed 06/22/2014 near Blissfield, Michigan.

With over 600 species in about 40 genera in North America alone, root maggot flies (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) are an abundant and diverse group of insects. The adults of most genera feed on nectar, but some feed on pollen and others prey on other insects. The larvae of most genera feed on plant roots, but many instead feed on leaves, seeds, dung, and fungi, and some are parasites of other insects. Some of those that feed on plant roots are economically important crop pests. These flies are typically found in woodlands and fields where their host plants grow.


About Jeremy Sell

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