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Genus Toxonevra

Flutter Fly -- Toxoneura sp. - Toxonevra superba Flutter Fly - Toxonevra superba Genus Toxonevra ? - Toxonevra superba Toxonevra superba Pallopteridae (Flutter Fly), frontal - Toxonevra superba Toxonevra superba Toxonevra superba - female 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
See Also
The wing patterns may be somewhat similar to a species in family Lauxaniidae.
Camptoprosopella maculipennis
Print References
Johnson CW. 1921. A review of the American species of the genus Palloptera. Psyche 28: 20-23.
Internet References
Video clip by A.R. Hoff showing distinctive wing movements