BRACHYCERA, Muscomorpha Schizophora Acalyptratae, Ephydroidea

Number of British species: 5

Size: S

Difficulty: 4


Small (2-3.5 mm), slender, dark and lustrous flies. Arista with long rays above and shorter rays below; ocelli present; Ocellar bristles present; Postvertical bristles converging; 2 pairs of frontal bristles, the lower pair curving forward, the upper pair backward; scattered interfrontal setulae present; vibrissae present. Wing unmarked; costa with both humeral and subcostal breaks; vein Sc incomplete; crossvein BM-Cu absent; cell cup open. Femur of fore leg with a spine on its ventral side, beyond the middle; only tibia of mid leg with dorsal preapical bristle.


The biology of this small family is little known. Presumably the larvae feed on organic matter (dung and detritus); they have been collected in soil at the entrances of rabbit burrows and in the nest of a field vole (Microtus agrestis (Linnaeus)). The adults are frequently found on flowers, on low vegetation or on bare soil, near the entrance of burrows, and are often found on windows.


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