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Xylomyidae - Wood-soldierflies



BRACHYCERA, Tabanomorpha, Stratiomyoidea Number of British species: 3

Size: M

Difficulty: 1

Scheme: Covered by the Larger-Brachycera recording scheme


Medium sized to large (6-20 mm), slender flies, without bristles on thorax and abdomen. Body dark, with limited to extensive lighter markings. Eyes dichoptic; antenna with acute tip, with 10 segments. Wing clear or tinged; both the cell m3 and cell cup closed. Tibia of mid and hind leg with apical bristles or spurs; empodium pulvilliform.


Larvae, often several together, living underneath the bark of deciduous trees, feeding on injured and dead insect larvae and other small invertebrates. The adults are mainly found near the larval habitats, often sitting on trees.


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