Orfelia is a cosmopolitan genus of flies in the family Mycetophilidae. As with most other species in the family, these are commonly known as fungus gnats. In Australia, along with flies in the genera Leia, Mycetophila, Mycoma and Phthinia, they are important pollinators of native greenhood orchids which employ the flies in pseudocopulation.[1] Detailed microscopic examination is required to identify species and even genus.[2]

Orfelia
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Orfelia

Costa 1857

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  1. ^ Kuiter, Rudie H.; Findlater-Smith, Mitchell J. "Overview of Pterostylis pollination (Orchidaceae) in Victoria". Aquatic Photographics - Seaford. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Fungus Gnat (Orfelia spp.)". French Hill Pond Insects. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

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