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Genus Toxonevra

Flutter Fly -- Toxoneura sp. - Toxonevra superba Unknown - Toxonevra superba Flutter Fly - Toxonevra superba Diptera: Pallopteridae: Toxonevra - Toxonevra superba Fly - Toxonevra superba pallopterid - Toxonevra superba fly 1 - Toxonevra superba T. superba? - Toxonevra superba
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Pallopteridae (Flutter Flies)
Genus Toxonevra
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
often treated as a synonym Palloptera
Explanation of Names
Toxonevra Macquart 1835
Greek toxo 'bow' + nevra 'vein, cord' (refers to wing venation)
The most common genus in this family in NA, with 4 spp. (listed under Palloptera in some sources)
body 4-6 mm
Wings usually conspicuously longer than abdomen and with dark markings; proboscis short and thick; ovipositor with a non-retractile sheath
Throughout NA
The common eastern species is T. superba; the common boreal species, T. jucunda
Internet References
Video clip by A.R. Hoff showing distinctive wing movements