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Solva marginata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Tabanomorpha
Superfamily: Stratiomyoidea
Family: Xylomyidae

Xylomyidae or wood soldier flies is a family of Diptera associated with dead or dying wood (xylophagous).[1]


Figure 82 Wing venation of Xylomyia maculata

For terms see Morphology of Diptera The antennae have 2–6 segments. The first segment is well developed and the terminal segment annulated. The porrect maxillary palps have 1 or 2 segments. The wings have a discal cell, no sub-apical cell and the relatively long anal cell is closed.The fourth posterior cell is closed. The costa extends around the entire wing. Wing vein 3 is distally forked. The fork of wing vein 3 is narrow, and its lower branch reaches the wing margin near the apex.


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 Xylomyidae subfamily Xylomyinae of Stratiomyidae in older works




  1. ^ Stubbs, Alan E.; Drake, Martin (2001). British Soldierflies and their allies: A Field Guide to the Larger British Brachycera. London: British Entomological and Natural History Society. pp. 528 pages. ISBN 1-899935-04-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Fauna Europaea : Taxon Details". Faunaeur.org. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fauna Europaea : Taxon Details". Faunaeur.org. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 

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