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Genus Lonchoptera

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Superfamily Platypezoidea
Family Lonchopteridae (Pointed-winged Flies)
Genus Lonchoptera
Other Common Names
spear-winged flies
Explanation of Names
Lonchoptera Meigen 1803
7 spp. in our area, ~55 described spp. total + many undescribed (esp. in se. Asia)(1)
body 2.3-5 mm(1)
key to spp. in(1)
worldwide (but represented by a single cosmopolitan species, L. bifurcata, in Australasia & the Neotropics); in NA, L. bifurcata is widespread, the remaining 6 spp. are boreal and western (across Canada, n. & w. US), and three of them have holarctic ranges(1)
Life Cycle
L. bifurcata is mostly parthenogenetic (males are extremely rare)
Wing veins are sexually dimorphic. The last long vein of females curves to meet the next vein. The same vein of males ends in the wing margin.
Works Cited
1.Review of the Nearctic Lonchopteridae (Diptera), including descriptions of three new species
Klymko J., Marshall S.A. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 649-673.