8Predator and Parasitoid Flies (Diptera)

Although some species can be an incredible annoyance, there are many very beneficial flies found in the garden. Some flies act as predators, parasitoids, or even pollinators! Even more amazing, some of the species discussed in this chapter provide two of these important services during their lifecycle. In this chapter, you will be introduced to the species likely to be feeding on insect pests in your backyard. I encourage you to take a closer at this diverse group of insects; their unique beauty and beneficial activity may just change your opinion of flies and their place in the garden.

The order name Diptera means two wings, indicating that each fly in this order has one pair of wings. If they will remain ...

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