I have been trying to find Fungus Gnats in BugFiles, but I am having no luck with the search engine. I've tried Fungus Gnat, Fungus Gnats, Fungus, Gnat; Gnats, the families Sciaridae, Sciaidae, Mycetophagidae, and Mycetophilidae.
I know my knowledge of bug taxonomy isn't the greatest, but I've tried everything I can think of to find Fungus Gnat in BugFiles.
Is there a trick that I'm missing? Or has it not yet been entered? I can't imagine that it's not been entered yet, as common as they are.
There's got to be an easier way to access the bugs.
I found this info from the National Audubon Society "Field Guide to North American insects & Spiders"
DESCRIPTION: 1/8-1/.4"(3-6mm). Slender, mosquito-like. Brownish to grayish yellow, sometimes streaked and ringed with dark brown. Thorax hairy. Legs blackish, long, slender; coxae greatly elongated. Wings smoky.
hABITAT: Moist dark woodlands and shaded valleys; indoors in potted houseplants.
RANGE: Throughout North America.
FOOD: Some adults feed on flowers. All larvae eat fungi, decaying wood, and other wet plant matter.
LIFE CYCLE: Eggs are laid on or in food materials, where larvae feed. They pupate near surface of food. Adults emerge in summer outdoors, or in any season indoors.
Mosquito-like adults flit close to wet areas. The many species can only be distinguished by a specialist on the basis of details of wing venation, body bristles, and genitalia.