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True Flies (Flies and Midges)
(Class Insecta, Order Diptera)
Invertebrates Around Las Vegas, Wildlife Around Las Vegas

General: Flies and Midges (Order Diptera) are a hugely diverse group of abundant flying creatures in the desert and mountains around Las Vegas. There are some 17,000 species of flies in North America with some thousands in the deserts.

True flies have a single pair of wings.

Most flies never bother humans, yet the human experience is with biting, blood sucking, garbage infesting flies. Look beyond these few species to learn about this biologically important group of animals.

House Flies (Family Muscidae) Flies
midge larvae

Creosote Gall Midge

Midge Larvae

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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