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February 18, 2014
Bug of the Day

Clogmia albipunctata - The Filter Fly (Psycodidae):



Our most common moth fly is Clogmia albipunctata, the Filter Fly. The larvae live in the slime that accumulates on the walls of drain pipes where they feed on algae, fungi, and bacteria. The adults have a characteristic heart-shaped appearance and have a slow, fluttery flight.

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References:

Troy Bartlett, cotinis, Beatriz Moisset, Robin McLeod, Chuck Entz, Omar Fahmy, v belov. (April, 2004). Info. In Family Psychodidae - Moth Flies and Sand Flies. Retrieved Febuary 18th, 2014, from http://bugguide.net/node/view/3128.

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