Strongylophthalmyiidae

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Classification

BRACHYCERA, Muscomorpha Schizophora Acalyptratae, Diopsoidea

Number of British species: 1

Size: M

Difficulty: 2

Study group: Covered by the Stilt and Stalk fly study group

Characters

Small to medium sized (3.5-5.5 mm), slender, largely black flies with yellowish legs. Arista short pubescent; ocelli present; Ocellar bristles present; Postvertical bristles diverging; 2 pairs of frontal bristles; interfrontal bristles absent; vibrissae absent. Wing clear with vague markings in the central part or at the wing tip; Costa with a subcostal break; vein Sc incomplete; crossvein BM-Cu present; cell cup closed. Tibiae without dorsal preapical bristle.

Biology

The biology of the European species is little known. The larvae live under bark of dying or decaying deciduous trees, apparently with a preference for wet, dead ash wood. The adults occur on low vegetation in wet deciduous forests near the breeding sites of the larvae.

Identification

 
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