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Genus Lipara

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Carnoidea
Family Chloropidae (Frit Flies)
Subfamily Oscinellinae
Genus Lipara
Explanation of Names
Lipara Meigen, 1830
Numbers
3 spp. (L. similis, L. rufitarsis, and L. pullitarsis) established, 1 sp. (L. lucens) was recorded from Connecticut in 1931 but is probably not established (Barrie & Wheeler, 2015).
Size
3.3 - 7.3 mm
Identification
Some are distinctly large for this family. All Nearctic species in a key provided by Chvála et al. (1974).
Range
Northeastern US and adjacent Canada.
Food
Larvae may form galls on Phragmites.
Internet References
Barrie, C. L. and T. A. Wheeler. (2015). Assembly of a Phragmites-associated Chloropidae (Diptera) fauna in North America: the Palearctic genus Cryptonevra Lioy in the Nearctic, and the genus Lipara Meigen in Canada. Zootaxa 4012(1): 198-200. (Link)

Chvála, M., J. Doskocil, J. H. Mook, and V. Pokorný. (1974). The genus Lipara Meigen (Diptera, Chloropidae), systematics, morphology, behaviour and ecology. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 117(1): 1-25. (Biodiversity Heritage Library Link)