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Frit flies
Frit flies (Chloropidae), also known as grass flies, are a family of flies in the order Diptera and are encountered throughout the world. There are approximately 2000 species worldwide, 178 of which can be found in Central Europe. Some examples of frit flies are: Lipara lucens , Oscinella frit , gout fly (Chlorops pumilionis), yellow swarming fly (haumatomyia notata) and Meromyza saltatrix.

Frit flies reach body lengths of 2-7 mm. Their bodies can be yellow, orange, brown, dark brown or black in colour, depending on which species they are. They have strong mouth parts, but their front wings and halteres are often weak. They do not fly, but use their strong, well-developed, hairy legs to move.

Frit flies are mainly active in autumn and can often be found in large numbers on lawns. Frit flies also often enter human dwellings, en masse where they are perceived as an annoyance.

Frit flies feed on sugary liquids such as nectar or honeydew. The females lay their eggs on the leaves of plants (mostly grasses), mushrooms, flowers or fruits. The hatched larvae then live inside the plants on which they feed. Some species of larvae prey on insects, other species feed on dead plant parts.

Genera297
Species4.563
Common namesEye flies, Grass Flies, Frit Flies, Eye Gnats, Chloropid flies
German namesHalmfliegen
Dutch namesHalmvliegen
Danish namesFritfluer
Finnish namesKahukärpäset
Norwegian namesStråfluer
Swedish namesFritflugor
AuthorSchoenherr, 1840
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Continents:

Eurasia
America
Africa
Oceania


Ecozones:

Palaearctic
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Indo-Australian region


Fossils:

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Mesozoic


World Oceans:

Pacific Ocean
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Indian Ocean


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Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Links and ReferencesChloropidae in bie.ala.org.au
Chloropidae in faunaeur.org
Chloropidae in itis.gov
Chloropidae in dyntaxa.se
Chloropidae in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Frit Flies - Grass Flies"
- Yellow swarming fly
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1. Yellow swarming fly
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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
SectionSchizophora
SubsectionAcalyptratae
Acalyptrate muscoids
SuperfamilyCarnoidea
FamilyChloropidae
Eye flies, Grass Flies, Frit Flies, Eye Gnats, Chloropid flies
AuthorSchoenherr, 1840
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