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Genus Toxonevra

Flutter Fly - Toxonevra superba Interesting markings on the wings of this fly - Toxonevra superba Interesting markings on the wings of this fly - Toxonevra superba Flutter Fly - Toxonevra superba Toxonevra sp.? - Toxonevra superba pallopterid - Toxonevra superba Toxonevra superba Toxonevra jucunda? - Toxonevra
Classification
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
Toxoneura
often treated as a synonym Palloptera
Explanation of Names
Toxonevra Macquart 1835
Greek toxo 'bow' + nevra 'vein, cord' (refers to wing venation)
Numbers
The most common genus in this family in NA, with 4 spp. (listed under Palloptera in some sources)
Size
body 4-6 mm
Identification
Wings usually conspicuously longer than abdomen and with dark markings; proboscis short and thick; ovipositor with a non-retractile sheath
Range
Throughout NA
Remarks
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
Internet References
Video clip by A.R. Hoff showing distinctive wing movements