Members of the Platypezidae inhabit forests. Larvae are fungivores. Adult males form aerial swarms before mating using trees or bushes as swarm markers. Some are attracted to wood smoke and wood ash. Adults may be found performing rapid erratic movements on broad leaves of both woody and herbaceous plants, evidently feeding on surface deposits.
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