Lonchaea chorea

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Lonchaea chorea
Lonchaea chorea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Lonchaeidae
Subfamily: Lonchaeinae
Tribe: Lonchaeini
Genus: Lonchaea
Species: L. chorea
Binomial name
Lonchaea chorea
(Fabricius, 1781)

Lonchaea chorea is a species of flies in the family Lonchaeidae. It is found in the Palearctic.[1][2][3] The larva develops in cow dung.[4]


For terms see Morphology of Diptera. Long 3–5 mm. Male interocular space eye twice as wide as the antenna, more narrow in front. Thorax and abdomen shiny black with blue, green or purple reflections. Wings more or less yellow at the base. Squamae with long marginal cilia. Black halteres. Short subdiscoid abdomen.

Female interocular space slightly less wide than the eye. Lunula with white pruinosity. Antenna dark brown and extended to the epistome.


March–December, on leaves, bushes, shrubs, etc. Larva under old bark, in cow dung, causing decay in beets, under the bark of pine with Tomicus piniperda under Quercus bark.


partial Throughout Europe, from Ireland Sweden to Spain and Italy. Macedonia. Also Ecuador.


  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ Bei-Bienko, G.Y. & Steyskal, G.C. (1988) Keys to the Insects of the European Part of the USSR, Volume V: Diptera and Siphonaptera, Parts I, II. Amerind Publishing Co., New Delhi. ISBN 81-205-0080-6 ISBN 81-205-0081-4
  3. ^ Séguy, E. (1934) Diptères: Brachycères. II. Muscidae acalypterae, Scatophagidae. Paris: Éditions Faune de France 28 Bibliotheque Virtuelle Numerique pdf
  4. ^ Cameron, Alfred E. (1913). "X. On the Life-history of Lonchaca chorea, Fabricius". Transactions of the Entomological Society of London. 61: 314–322. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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