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Anthomyia pluvialis
Anthomyia pluvialis

Anthomyia pluvialis
Anthomyia pluvialis belong to the genus Anthomyia in the order two-winged flies (Diptera), the suborder flies (Brachycera), the infraorder Muscomorpha (section: Schizophora, subsection: Calyptratae), the superfamily Muscoidea, the family Anthomyiidae, the subfamily Anthomyiinae and the tribe Anthomyiini. Anthomyia pluvialis are endemic to most of Europe.
Root-maggot fly - Anthomyia pluvialis
Root-maggot fly - Anthomyia pluvialis
Adult Anthomyia pluvialis have body lengths of 5-7 mm. Their bodies have striking markings, are black and ash grey in colour and have strong bristles hairs. The upper side of the chest (thorax) bears large, roundish black spots, and the abdomen bears a marking made up of black triangles.
Anthomyia pluvialis are active from May to October. The males are often encountered in groups in the shade of trees. The adult flies feed on nectar and pollen from flowering plants, the females suck the blood of other insects or conspecifics.
After mating, the fertilized females lay their eggs on the food plants of their larvae. The larvae develop in decaying plants, rotting fungi, and are also sometimes found in bird nests. After pupation, they overwinter in the soil.

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