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Sunday, October 14, 2012

True Flies

Order Diptera

True Flies are distinguished from other flying insects by a single pair of wings. They include houseflies, fruit flies, hoverflies, mosquitoes, gnats, midges, craneflies, etc, but excludes butterflies, dragonflies, mayflies, caddisflies, etc. The youngs of flies are called maggots.


Upper Peirce ©Eddy Lee


Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee


Mattar Road ©Lau SY. Ovipositing at Rifle Range ©Eddy Lee


Fruitflies? ©Eddy Lee

Mosquitoes (Family Culicidae)


Mosquitoes are well known as blood-sucking insects. However, it's the female which upholds this reputation, the male does not suck blood. There are 137 species in Singapore1,2.

NTU ©Eddy Lee

Moth Flies (Family Psychodidae)


Sand Flies belong to this family as well.


Toilet Moth Fly (Clogmia albipunctata) at Sengkang ©Tan KH

Craneflies (Family Tipulidae)



Upper Peirce ©Eddy Lee


Showing the halteres at Chestnut Trail. Mating at Rifle Range ©Eddy Lee

Soldierflies (Family Stratiomyidae)



Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee

Robberflies (Family Asilidae)



©Eddy Lee


Feeding at Upper Peirce ©Eddy Lee

Long-legged Flies (Family Dolichopodidae)



Upper Peirce ©Eddy Lee

Hoverflies (Family Syrphidae)



Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee


Left: Hoverfly at NTU. Right: Hoverfly ©Eddy Lee

Signal Flies (Family Platystomatidae)



Chestnut Trail ©Eddy Lee

Fruitflies (Family Tephritidae)



Botanic Gardens ©Lau SY


Melon flies (Bactrocera cucurbitae) ©Eddy Lee

Vinegar Flies (Family ‎Drosophilidae)



Drosophila fruitfly ©Eddy Lee

Stiltflies (Family Micropezidae)



White-handed Flies at Upper Peirce ©Eddy Lee

Neriid Flies (Family Neriidae)



Mating Neriid Flies at Rifle Range ©Eddy Lee

Houseflies, Stableflies and allies (Family Muscidae)



Bukit Panjang ©Eddy Lee. ©Eddy Lee


Left: ©Eddy Lee. Right: Neo Tiew Lane 2 ©Lau SY

Blowflies (Family Calliphoridae)



Kranji Nature Trail ©Lau SY

References

1. http://www.mosquitocatalog.org/files/pdfs/003550-0.pdf
2. http://www.msptm.org/files/138_-_142_Lam-Phua_Sai_Gek.pdf

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