|15 genera, ca. 50 species|
Pallopteridae, or flutter-wing flies (or trembling-wing, or waving-wing flies, because of the striking vibration of the wings in many species) is a family of Diptera. Over 50 species in 15 genera are found in the temperate regions of the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
Little is known. Adults have been found on flowers and low hanging branches in shady habits. Known larvae are phytophagous or carnivorous (some species preying on beetles - Cerambycidae and Scolytidae. One species is recorded as preying on larvae of Cecidomyiidae. Some have been found in flower buds and stems.
- Czerny, L., 1927:in Lindner,E. 53a. Helomyzidae, 53b. Trichoscelidae und 53c. Chiromyidae, in: Die Fliegen der palaearktischen Region., Stuttgart. Keys genera.
Five species in 4 genera are recorded in the fossil record of this family.
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