Chloropidae

Pronunciation:  [Clo·ROPE·i⋅dae]

Common Name:   Frit Flies, Eye Gnats

Description:  Very small flies with black or black-and-yellow body coloration.   Most species have a shiny appearance due to a lack of body hairs.   Wing venation is reduced:  the anal cell is absent and the 2nd basal cell is fused with the discal cell. Adults are common in meadows and grassy habitats.   Larvae are phytophagous.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Small, shiny flies; black or black and yellow in color
  2. Anal cell absent
  3. Second basal cell fused with discal cell

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Order:  Diptera