Diptera

Family ChLOROPIDAE

Grass flies

Also known as stem flies, these common insects arc blackish gray, green, or black with yellow markings. There is a distinct triangular mark on the top of the head.

• LIFE Cycle Eggs are laid mostly on or in plant tissue, or whatever the larvae cat. Most larvae bore into grasses. Others form galls or cat decaying plant matter, root aphids, or the eggs of spiders and other insects.

• occl jrrence Worldwide. Widespread in a range of habitats, from grasslands to rainforests.

• Remark Several species attack cereal crops and some cause blindness in humans and animals.

simple vein pattern on wings green body orrrnffp»

I -ARVAK are usually slender, blunt at the rear, and narrow at the front.

simple vein pattern on wings green body orrrnffp»

I -ARVAK are usually slender, blunt at the rear, and narrow at the front.

dark stripes on • thorax mouthparts

Meromy/.a eratorcm is found in coastal sand dunes, where its larvae tunnel into the stems of marram grass.

dark stripes on • thorax mouthparts

Meromy/.a eratorcm is found in coastal sand dunes, where its larvae tunnel into the stems of marram grass.

Length i/^_"/4jn (l_6mm), most under Vuin (4mm)

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