Odinia maculata figured in Europäischen Zweiflügeligen (fig. 9)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Superfamily: Opomyzoidea
Family: Odiniidae
  • Odiniinae
  • Traginopinae
Odinia cf. boletina on Fomes fomentarius

Odiniidae is a small family of flies. There are only 58 described species but there are representatives in all the major biogeographic realms.

Life histories are known for only few species of Odinia, and no biological information is available for the majority of species in the family. Known odiniid larvae live in the tunnels of wood-boring larvae of Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, and other Diptera and function as scavengers or predators of the host larvae. One species, Turanodinia coccidarum Stackelberg, has been reared from the egg masses of Pseudococcus comstocki Kuwana, a mealybug.[1]

Family description

See which as well as text has excellent illustrations of Odinia viz .


  • Coganodinia Gaimari & Mathis, 2008
  • Helgreelia Gaimari, 2007[2]
  • Lopesiodinia Prado, 1973[2]
  • Neoschildomyia Gaimari, 2007[2]
  • Neotraginops Prado, 1973[2]
  • Paratraginops Hendel, 1917
  • Pradomyia Gaimari, 2007
  • Schildomyia Malloch, 1926[2]
  • Shewellia Hennig, 1969[2]
  • Traginops Coquillett, 1900


Other literature

Species lists


  1. Papp, L. Papp, L.; Darvas, B., eds. 3.18. Family Odiniidae, in: Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (Print). 3 Higher Brachycera. Budapest: Science Herald. pp. 233–242.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Gaimari, Stephen D. (2007). "Three new Neotropical genera of Odiniidae (Diptera: Acalyptratae)". Zootaxa (PDF). New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 1443: 1–16. ISSN 1175-5334.
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