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Genus Brachydeutera

Floating Fly - Brachydeutera sturtevanti Fly - Brachydeutera argentata Shore Fly - Brachydeutera longipes Shore Fly - Brachydeutera Brachydeutera - Brachydeutera argentata fly who hops on water surface - Brachydeutera Fly - Brachydeutera argentata Brachydeutera? - Brachydeutera
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Ephydroidea
Family Ephydridae (Shore Flies)
Subfamily Ephydrinae
Genus Brachydeutera
Explanation of Names
Brachydeutera Loew 1862
Numbers
3 native species, widespread(1) plus the adventive Oriental B. longipes in the east(2)
Habitat
"Adults are accomplished water-skaters and are found most frequently on the surface of small, quiet, and usually ephemeral bodies of water, such as ponds, rain pools, and puddles. Water that has accumulated in tree holes and discarded containers or other man-made receptacles is not overlooked. Deonier (1965) reported that adults of B. argentata were rarely taken on mud-shore habitats in Iowa. Flight is seldom attempted, although the winged imago is quite capable of it (3)".
Food
"Adults feed on microscopic particles, especially decomposing organic matter, which they skim from the water's surface with their labella. The aquatic larvae prefer shallow water and feed primarily as scavengers on decaying microscopic plant or animal material (3)".
Print References
Wirth (1964) A revision of the shore flies of the genus Brachydeutera Loew (Diptera: Ephydridae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 57: 3-12.
Mathis (1983) Notes on Brachydeutera Loew (Diptera: Ephydridae) from North America. Entomological News, 94:177-180.
Mathis & Steiner (1986) An adventive species of Brachydeutera Loew in North America (Diptera: Ephydridae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 94: 56-61.
Works Cited
1.Manual of Nearctic Diptera Volume 2
Varies for each chapter; edited by J.F. McAlpine, B.V. Petersen, G.E. Shewell, H.J. Teskey, J.R. Vockeroth, D.M. Wood. 1987. Research Branch Agriculture Canada.
2.An adventive species of Brachydeutera Loew in North America (Diptera: Ephydridae)
Mathis, W.N. and W.E. Steiner, Jr. 1986. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 94 (1): 56-61.
3.Studies of Parydrinae (Diptera: Ephydridae), I: A Review of the Genus Brachydeutera Loew from the Oriental, Australian...
Wayne N. Mathis and Kumar D Ghorpade. 1985. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology.