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 +====== Stenomicridae ======
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 +===== Classification =====
 +BRACHYCERA, Muscomorpha Schizophora Acalyptratae, Opomyzoidea
 +**Number of British species:** 2
 +**Size:** [[families:size|T]]
 +**Difficulty:** [[families:difficulty|3]]
 +===== Characters =====
 +Minute (1-2 mm), delicate, yellow to grey flies with inner vertical bristles curving forward. Arista with long rays; ocelli present with the ocellar triangle situated more or less in middle of frons; Ocellar bristles absent; Postvertical bristles small and diverging or absent; 2 pairs of frontal bristles, lower pair curving inward; interfrontal bristles absent; vibrissae and a series of vibrissa-like bristles present. Wing clear or with tinged spots; costa with a subcostal break; vein Sc incomplete; crossvein BM-Cu absent; crossvein DM-Cu present or absent; cell cup open. Tibiae without dorsal preapical bristle.
 +===== Biology =====
 +The biology of this small family is little known. The larvae probably develop in the water-holding leaf bases of plants, particularly monocotyledons. The adults of some species often occur near water or at moist places and are closely associated with tussocks of large //Carex// species, others also with //Typha, Scirpus// or //Cyperus//. As in some Chamaemyiidae, the adults are able to walk sideways and backward with the same ease as forward.
 +===== Identification =====
 +[[refs:i:irwin_1982|Irwin (1982)]]
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