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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Ceratopogonidae
Subfamily: Dasyheleinae
Lenz, 1934
Genus: Dasyhelea

Dasyhelea aegealitis
Dasyhelea ancora
Dasyhelea atlantis
Dasyhelea atrata
Dasyhelea australis
Dasyhelea bahamensis
Dasyhelea bajensis
Dasyhelea bermudae
Dasyhelea bifida
Dasyhelea brevicornis
Dasyhelea brevicosta
Dasyhelea brookmani
Dasyhelea cactorum
Dasyhelea cincta
Dasyhelea clavescens
Dasyhelea crassiseta
Dasyhelea fasciigera
Dasyhelea festiva
Dasyhelea grisea
Dasyhelea hawaiiensis
Dasyhelea johannseni
Dasyhelea leptobranchia
Dasyhelea luteogrisea
Dasyhelea maculata
Dasyhelea major
Dasyhelea messersmithi
Dasyhelea mutabilis
Dasyhelea navaiae
Dasyhelea neobifurcata
Dasyhelea oppressa
Dasyhelea pallens
Dasyhelea pentalineata
Dasyhelea platychaeta
Dasyhelea pollex
Dasyhelea pollinosa
Dasyhelea pritchardi
Dasyhelea pseudocincta
Dasyhelea pseudoincisurata
Dasyhelea ryckmani
Dasyhelea sanctaemariae
Dasyhelea scissurae
Dasyhelea scutellata
Dasyhelea sonorensis
Dasyhelea spiniforma
Dasyhelea stemlerae
Dasyhelea tenebrosa
Dasyhelea thomsenae
Dasyhelea traverae
Dasyhelea tristyla

Dasyhelea is a genus of biting midges and the only genus of its subfamily, the Dasyheleinae. Larvae of species in this genus are characterized by an anal segment with retractile posterior prolegs. Larvae are aquatic and adults do not feed on vertebrate blood, nor do they prey on other insects. They take nectar only, an unusual feeding behavior within the Ceratopogonidae.


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