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A Forcipomyia sp. sucks hemolymph from Nemophora metallica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Ceratopogonidae
Subfamily: Forcipomyiinae
Lenz, 1934


The Forcipomyiinae are a subfamily of biting midges. In this subfamily, both anterior and posterior prolegs are present on the larvae. Larvae are both terrestrial and aquatic, and feed primarily on algae and fungi. Some species in the genus Forcipomyia are important pollinators of cacao.


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