Oklahoma State University


Checklist of the Diptera of Oklahoma

The following checklist is based primarily on the most recent Diptera Catalog (Stone et al., 1965) and the OSU Collection. There are records of over 500 genera and 1200 species; a rather small number of the 17,000 or so species known to occur in North America. Literature records are from locally produced papers and others that were readily available. More extensive literature searches would likely add many more species. Many families of Diptera are poorly known in Oklahoma. Only the Culicidae and Tabanidae, of the larger families, can be considered well known.

Higher classification primarily follows that of the latest edition of American Insects (Arnett, 2000). Species are listed alphabetically under each genus. Synonomy mostly follows Poole and Gentili (1996) unless something more recent was found in the literature.

Corrections, additions or comments would be very welcome, please contact:


Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Oklahoma State University
127 NRC
Stillwater, OK 74078
Tel: (405) 744-5527
e-mail phil.mulder@okstate.edu

Checklist and Bibliography of Oklahoma Diptera:


  • Acroceridae ... (small-headed flies)
  • Agromyzidae ... (leaf-miner flies)
  • Anisopodidae ... (wood gnats)
  • Anthomyiidae ... (anthomyiid flies)
  • Anthomyzidae ... (anthomyzid flies)
  • Asilidae ... (robber flies)
  • Athericidae ... (athericid flies)
  • Bibionidae ... (march flies)
  • Bombyliidae ... (bee flies)
  • Calliphoridae ... (blow flies)
  • Cecidomyiidae ... (gall midges)
  • Ceratopogonidae ... (biting midges, punkies, no-see-ums)
  • Chamaemyiidae ... (aphid flies)
  • Chaoboridae ... (phantom midges)
  • Chironomidae ... (midges)
  • Chloropidae ... (grass flies)
  • Clusiidae ... (clusiid flies)
  • Conopidae ... (thick-headed flies)
  • Culicidae ... (mosquitoes)
  • Dolichopodidae ... (long-legged flies)
  • Drosophilidae ... (pomace flies, small fruit flies)
  • Empididae ... (dance flies)
  • Ephydridae ... (shore flies)
  • Heleomyzidae ... (heleomyzid flies)
  • Hippoboscidae ... (louse flies, bat flies)
  • Lauxanidae ... (lauxanid flies)
  • Micropezidae ... (stilt-legged flies)
  • Milichiidae ... (milichiid flies)
  • Muscidae ... (muscid flies)
  • Mycetophilidae ... (fungus gnats)
  • Mydidae ... (mydas flies)
  • Nemestrinidae ... (tangle-veined flies)
  • Nycteribiidae ... (bat flies) ~~~~} sometimes placed in Hippoboscidae
  • Oestridae ... (bot flies, warble flies)
  • Otitidae ... (picture-winged flies) ~~~~} sometimes placed in Ulidiidae
  • Phoridae ... (hump-backed flies)
  • Piophilidae ... (skipper flies)
  • Pipunculidae ... (big-headed flies)
  • Platystomatidae ... (picture-winged flies)
  • Psilidae ... (rust flies)
  • Psychodidae ... (moth flies, sand flies)
  • Ptychopteridae ... (phantom crane flies)
  • Pyrgotidae ... (pyrgotid flies)
  • Rhagionidae ... (snipe flies)
  • Sarcophagidae ... (flesh flies)
  • Scatophagidae ... (dung flies)
  • Scatopsidae ... (minute black scavenger flies)
  • Scenopinidae ... (window flies)
  • Sciaridae ... (darkwinged fungus gnats)
  • Sciomyzidae ... (marsh flies)
  • Sepsidae ... (black scavenger flies)
  • Simuliidae ... (black flies, buffalo gnats)
  • Sphaeroceridae ... (small dung flies)
  • Stratiomyidae ... (soldier flies)
  • Streblidae ... (bat flies) ~~~~} sometimes placed in Hippoboscidae
  • Syrphidae ... (syrphid flies)
  • Tabanidae ... (horse flies, deer flies)
  • Tachinidae ... (tachinid flies)
  • Tephritidae ... (fruit flies)
  • Therevidae ... (stiletto flies)
  • Tipulidae ... (crane flies)
  • Trichoceridae ... (winter crane flies)
  • Xylomyidae ... (xylomyid flies)