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Larvae are found in caves, where they are predators of other insects (particularly fragile, flying insects). Larvae produce silk reatreats with sticky silk lines (used to snare prey) that hang down from the cave ceiling. They attract insects by producing blue bioluminescence in their Malpighian tubules. Pupae can be found hanging from the silk produced by the larvae. Adults stay close to the larval habitat, and live only a few days.


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Source: The Diptera Site

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