Black fungus gnat - female
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  • Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum 6y

    The small fly is a female black fungus gnat, family Sciaridae. I cannot ID the species as this often requires mounting a series of males on microscope slides and studying minute details. However, most Hawaiian species have similar habitats. As the name suggests, the larvae feed on fungi; some species preferring molds in leaf-litter; others prefer various types of fungi. A few species are pests of mushroom gardens. The species most commonly seen by the public in Hawaii live in damp leaf-litter. These species can become incredibly abundant during the rainy season and enter homes in clouds being attracted to lights at night. They are harmless to humans.

    Frank Howarth
    Entomology
    Bishop Museum
  • philiptdotcom 6y

    May we use your photo on the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project species images site (see hear.smugmug.com/Animals and plants in Hawaii)? If so, are you willing to allow it to be "public domain," please note it as such; otherwise, please provide copyright & copyright-holder contact info (e-mail). Thanks! Aloha, pt@hear.org
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Taken on May 9, 2009
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