Tanypezidae

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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

The only European species, Tanypeza longimana, isa slender, black lustrous, medium sized (5-8 mm) fly with silvery markings on the head and the sides of the thorax, and with long, slender, largely yellow legs. Head rounded; arista pubescent; ocelli present; Ocellar bristles present; Postvertical bristles diverging; 2 pairs of frontal bristles, curving backward; interfrontal bristles absent; vibrissae absent. Wing unmarked, costa with a weak subcostal break; vein Sc reaching the costa, running parallel to vein R1 and approaching or touching it just before reaching the costa; crossvein BM-Cu present; cell cup closed. Tibiae without dorsal preapical bristle.

Biology

The larvae of T. longimana feed on rotting vegetable matter, possibly in decaying wood or other plant detritus. The adults prefer low vegetation in moist woodland, in particular near water.

Identification

 
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