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Odinia maculata figured in Europäischen Zweiflügeligen (fig. 9)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Superfamily: Opomyzoidea
Family: Odiniidae
Odinia cf. boletina on Fomes fomentarius

Odiniidae is a small family of flies. There are only 58 described species but there are representatives in all the major biogeographic realms.

Life histories are known for only few species of Odinia, and no biological information is available for the majority of species in the family. Known odiniid larvae live in the tunnels of wood-boring larvae of Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, and other Diptera and function as scavengers or predators of the host larvae. One species, Turanodinia coccidarum Stackelberg, has been reared from the egg masses of Pseudococcus comstocki Kuwana, a mealybug.[1]

Family description[edit]

See [1] which as well as text has excellent illustrations of Odinia viz [2].



  • Cogan, B.H.,1975 New Taxa in Two Families Previously Unrecorded from the Ethiopian Region(Diptera, Odiniidae and Diastatidae). Ann. Natal Mus. 22(2):471-488. Key to Afrotropic genera and species.
  • Prado, A. P., 1973 Contribuicão ao Conhecimento da Familia Odiniidae (Diptera, Acalyptratae). Studia Entomologica, Petrópolis, v. 16, n. 1-4, p. 481-510. Keys world genera.
  • Collin, J.E. (1952), On the European species of the genus Odinia R.-D. (Diptera: Odiniidae). Proceedings of the Royal entomological Society of London (B) 21: 110-116.

Other literature[edit]

  • Papp, L., 1978 71. család: Odiniidae - Taplólegyek.In: Dély-Draskovits Á. & Papp L., Taplólegyek - Gabonalegyek. Odiniidae - Chloropidae. Fauna Hung., 133, 202 pp. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest. (In Hungarian).
  • Przemysław Trojan, 1962 Odiniidae, Clusiidae, Anthomyzidae, Opomyzidae, Tethinidae in (series) Klucze do oznaczania owadów Polski, 28,54/58; Muchowki = Diptera, 54/58 Publisher Warszawa : Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe (In Polish)

Species lists[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Papp, L. Papp, L.; Darvas, B., eds. 3.18. Family Odiniidae, in: Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (Print). 3 Higher Brachycera. Budapest: Science Herald. pp. 233–242. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gaimari, Stephen D. (2007). "Three new Neotropical genera of Odiniidae (Diptera: Acalyptratae)". Zootaxa (PDF). New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 1443: 1–16. ISSN 1175-5334.