Beetle flies

These flies owe their common name to the beetlelike hind part of the thorax (the seutellum). Hugely enlarged and often metallic-colored, this covers the abdomen and the folded wings.

• LIFE CYCLE Eggs are laid, and the larvae develop, in decaying vegetation.

• OCClJRKENCE Tropical regions, except (Central and South America. In damp habitats near water and in grasslands.

enlarged rear part of thorax wings folded under thorax <

enlarged rear part of thorax wings folded under thorax <

Larvae are small, pale, and maggotlike. They taper at both ends.

Chaemaec/i rrm s spe< :ies look like small beetles. They push their wings out from under the rear of the thorax to fly.

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