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Paraplatypeza atra
Paraplatypeza atra


Paraplatypeza atra
Paraplatypeza atra belong to the order Diptera, suborder Brachycera, infraorder Muscomorpha ( unranked taxon: Cyclorrhapha), section Aschiza, superfamily Platypezoidea, family flat-footed flies (Platypezidae) and to the genus Paraplatypeza. Paraplatypeza atra are commonly found throughout the Palearctic and often reproduce twice a year. This species is non endangered.
Fly - Paraplatypeza atra
Fly - Paraplatypeza atra
Paraplatypeza atra are small flies with body lengths of 2-2.5 mm. Their stocky, bumpy bodies are very dark at the top and light grey at the bottom and the females appear somewhat brighter than the males. Their heads are black (females: dark greyish-brown) and they have very large complex eyes, which at the males (until the mouth area) in the centre of their heads almost completely are pushed together and shell-like cover their heads sides. The eyes are bright red in colour. There are long black bristles on the back of the head and on the lower section of the face.
Flat-footed flies - Paraplatypeza atra
Flat-footed flies - Paraplatypeza atra
The chest of the males is deep black, while that of the females is dark greyish-brown, and both are (if you only mean the females take the ‘both are’ out) covered with black bristles, especially at the edges. The surface appears to be covered in grey "dust" in places. The upper side of the female’s abdomen is almost completely black and has this grey "dust", the underside is light grey. The genitalia of the males are very large and are placed below the abdomen. The glassy wings are brown and transparent with clearly distinguishable veins. Paraplatypeza atra have brownish-grey legs. The feet (tarses) on the back legs are wider and more flat.
Black Fly with red head
Black Fly with red head
These flies prefer moist,shady, deciduous or mixed forests, but are also encountered at their edges, especially in areas with moist and sandy soil. Before mating, the flat-footed flies often appear in large swarms, in which they mark their territory by leaving scent marks on trees and shrubs. As they fly up and down they let their legs hang down. When encountered on leaves and on wet sandy soils, they can be identified by their zigzag movements.
Paraplatypeza atra live on the organic debris from trees and herb leaves. The females lay their eggs on fungi, which the larvae feed on. The deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus) is preferred. The larvae reach body lengths of 4-5 mm. Their yellow to brown bodies are shaped like isopods and have appendages of different sizes according to what species they are. The larvae of flat-footed flies pupate at the end of the last larval stage, in or on the soil. The second generation overwinters in the larval stage.

Paraplatypeza atra
AuthorMeigen, 1804
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain)), Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland)), South Europe (Italy (North Italy, South Italy)), Central Europe (Czech Republic)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey)), Far East (Southeast Asia (Singapore))
Russia


CountriesCzech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesParaplatypeza atra in faunaeur.org
Paraplatypeza atra in dyntaxa.se

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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderDiptera
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
SuborderBrachycera
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
InfraorderMuscomorpha
SectionAschiza
SuperfamilyPlatypezoidea
FamilyPlatypezidae
Smoke Flies, Flat-footed Flies, Flat footed flies
SubfamilyPlatypezinae
GenusParaplatypeza
Speciesatra
Paraplatypeza atra
AuthorMeigen, 1804
 
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Platypeza atra
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