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Moth fly top view
Moth fly top view

Moth flies
Moth flies (Psychodidae) belong to the suborder Nematocera, order Diptera. There are approximately 1,500 species worldwide, 110 of which are found in Germany. The Moth fly is 1 to 5 mm in length. The body and the wings are often very hairy. When stationary, the wings folded on the back resemble a roof. Moth flies are thus named due to their relatively large wings which are reminiscent of the wings of butterflies,. While the hairs of the males are in contrasting colors , the females are less remarkable in appearance.
Moth fly
Moth fly
Moth flies usually feed on plant juices or nectar, however some species do not eat at all. The females of the genus Sycorax sting frogs and suck their blood. The tropical Sand flies are known to tranmsit diseases. As moth flies are not good flyers , their move often is completed by the wind, but with very good control.

The females often lay their eggs (individually or as a clutch) close to water. The Psychoda phalaenoides prefer to lay their eggs near faeces or urine. The larvae are slender and have a body length of up to 4 mm. They have a very distinctive head shape. The larvae of Moth flies live in a variety of habitats such as water, forest soil, moss, fungi or in heavily polluted water (i.e. drains, sewage treatment plants).
Moth fly view of the back
Moth fly view of the back

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Moth fly top view
2. Moth fly
3. Moth fly view of the back
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