Phorid-Humpbacked Fly

Phorid-Humpbacked Fly Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name: Family Phoridae

Appearance

Most are black or dull brown, but some are yellowish in color. Very small 1/16- to 1/8-inch. The arched thorax of the adult gives them a humpbacked appearance.

Habit

Characteristically short and erratic flight. Adults have a peculiar habit of rapidly running across windows, TV screens, tables, walls and plant foliage. These flies are frequently mistaken for "gnats."

Diet

Some species feed on fungi, while others are parasites of various insects.

Reproduction

Larvae develop in moist areas where organic material and standing water are present. Phorid larvae also develop in animal matter. The entire life cycle lasts 25 days or more, depending on the environmental conditions and the availability of food.