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At this time, research has found there are around 150,000 described species in the insect order Diptera or true flies. An insect field guide that would give you a description for all of these would be pages and pages long so these guides are normally divided into specific categories.

Within this family Diptera, you will find quite a few familiar names such as:

  • Mosquitoes
  • black flies
  • midges
  • fruit flies
  • blow flies
  • house flies

Of course, this is only a taste of the various flies you can find when you search through an insect field guide for flies. Flies are pretty common all over the world except in one area, Antarctica.

There are two suborders of the Diptera, which are:

  • Nematocera
  • Brachycera

Nematocera include:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Crane flies
  • Midges

Brachycera include:

  • Horse flies
  • Robber flies

 

 

 
 
   

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