Dryomyzidae is a small family of flies.

There are about twelve species in four genera (two genera known only as fossils) Dryomyzidae are mostly found in the Holarctic Region although some are found in the Southern Hemisphere. Very little is known of the habits of the adults or immatures but adults are found in moist, shady habits among low-growing vegetation, fungi, and excrement. Larvae have been reared from decaying organic matter including carrion, dung, and fungi.

Family Description

See including images from John Curtis British Insects.


Distribution/Species Lists


  • Steyskal GC (1957) A revision of the family Dryomyzidae (Diptera,. Acalyptratae). Pap. Mich. Acad. Sci. 42:55-68. World revision. Species keys.
  • Czerny, L. (1930), Dryomyzidae und Neottiophilidae. 38b. In: Lindner, E. (Ed.). Die Fliegen der Palaearktischen Region 5(1): 1-18. Keys to Palaearctic species (in German).

Fossil Record

Only four fossil species in three genera (all from the Tertiary) are known.

External links


  • McAlpine, J. P. (ed.), 1981-89.Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Research Branch, Agriculture Canada Monograph

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