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|Paraplatypeza atra belong to the order Diptera, suborder Brachycera, infraorder Muscomorpha ( unranked taxon: Cyclorrhapha), section Aschiza, superfamily Platypezoidea, family flat-footed flies (Platypezidae) and to the genus Paraplatypeza. Paraplatypeza atra are commonly found throughout the Palearctic and often reproduce twice a year. This species is non endangered.|
|Robber flies (Asilidae) are a family in the order Diptera. There are approximately 7100 species found throughout the world, 80 species of which exist in Germany.
Some examples of these species are: Andrenosoma albibarbe, Andrenosoma atra, Aneomochtherus flavicornis, Antipalus varipes, Antiphrisson trifarius, hornet robberfly (Asilus crabroniformis), Choerades femorata, Choerades fimbriata, Choerades fuliginosa, ginger robberfly (Choerades gilva), Choerades ignea, golden-haired robbe...|
|You can find this species on the internet under the name of Hispa testacea. The slightly smaller Hispa atra is a close relative of Hispella testacea. All these photographs were taken on the Costa Brava in Spain. |
|...ately 300 species worldwide, of which about 100 are known in Europe and up to 140 in North America . Some examples are: common yellow dung fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), Coproica acutangula, Parallelomma vittatum, Scathophaga litorea and Lotophila atra.|
|The yellow flat-footed fly (Agathomyia wankowiczii) is the most well known species. Other common species are from the genus Platypeza. These species include: Bertamyia notata, Paraplatypeza atra and Polyporivora polypori. The oldest fossil remains of flat-footed flies are from the Cretaceous period. The flies of this family reproduce twice a year and are non endangered.
|Paraplatypeza atra are small flies with body lengths of 2-2.5 mm. Their stocky, bumpy bodies are very dark at the top and light grey at the bottom and the females appear somewhat brighter than the males. Their heads are black (females: dark greyish-brown) and they h...|
|...ompletely black and has this grey "dust", the underside is light grey. The genitalia of the males are very large and are placed below the abdomen. The glassy wings are brown and transparent with clearly distinguishable veins. Paraplatypeza atra have brownish-grey legs. The feet (tarses) on the back legs are wider and more flat. |
|Paraplatypeza atra live on the organic debris from trees and herb leaves. The females lay their eggs on fungi, which the larvae feed on. The deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus) is preferred. The larvae reach body lengths of 4-5 mm. Their yellow to brown bodies are shaped...|