World of Flesh Flies
Larval and puparial morphology

Miltogramma (Pediasiomyia) przevalskyi LI Metopia campestris LI Morphological studies of flesh fly larvae are still vastly behind that of the adult flies. Although De Geer (1776) made some very early observations and even illustrated the spiracular pit so characteristic of the flesh flies, little was done until the pioneering work of Thompson (1921). Much of the strongly scattered morphological information has been compiled by Ferrar (1987), and more recent studies have been using the SEM technique with promising results (Leite & Lopes 1987, 1990; Lopes & Leite 1987a,b, 1990, 1991; Jíron & Bolanos 1986; Szpila & Pape 2005a,b; 2007, 2008).

Lopes (1983) made a particularly detailed study on the cephaloskeleton, yet with line drawings only. Léonide & Léonide (1986) presented a wealth of morphological detail on larvae of Blaesoxipha (see also Ebejer 2000 on Blaesoxipha calliste.)
The manuals of Nearctic, Palaearctic and (coming soon) Central American Diptera give very general summaries of larval morphology (Shewell 1987; Pape 1998, submitted).

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