British Insects: the Families of Diptera


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz



Pointed-wing Flies.

Adult insects. Very small to small; slender-bodied to robustly-built; not stilt-legged. The face in lateral view not deeply excavated between the antennae and the edge of the mouth. Antennae 3 segmented (the third segment rounded or globular); ‘modified’; with a non-annulated terminal segment; aristate (long); the arista apical to dorsal (being sometimes sub-apical). Ptilinal suture absent or weakly defined. The maxillary palps 1 segmented; porrect. Wings without a discal cell; without a sub-apical cell; without a closed anal cell. Sub-costa apparent; reaching the costa independently of vein 1 (almost?), or terminating blind. The leading edge veins not noticeably stronger than the rest. Wing vein 3 distally forked. Feet without a triple pad.

Larvae and pupae. The larvae terrestrial; saprophagous; hemicephalic. The pupae enclosed within a puparium.

Comments. Small brownish or yellowish, bristly flies, with a more or less spherical third antennal segment and sharply pointed wings.

Classification. Suborder Brachycera; Division Muscomorpha Aschiza; Superfamily Lonchopteroidea.

British representation. 7 species in Britain. Genera 1; Lonchoptera.

Illustrations. • Lonchoptera lutea: B. Ent. 761. • Lonchoptera lutea: B. Ent. 761, legend+text. • Lonchoptera lutea: B. Ent. 761, text cont.. • Lonchoptera lutea (from Walker).

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the families of Diptera. Version: 1st January 2012.’.