#Biodiversity150 number 138 of 150 Lonchoptera bifurcata

138/150: Lonchopteridae – Flies without fathers

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Lonchopteridae: Lonchoptera: Lonchoptera bifurcata (Fallen, 1810)

Lonchoptera bifurcata is known as a pointed-winged or spear winged fly with a Holarctic distribution. This means the species is found in all non-tropical regions across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa! The fly can be distinguished from similar species due to the pale-coloured bristles behind the eye, bristles on the front of the tibiae of the first legs, and the distinct sharply pointed wings. L. bifurcata are found in different areas depending on the life stage. Larvae will be found among decaying organic matter like leaves and logs, while adults are more commonly found in most ditches and damp lawns. What’s interesting is that males of the species are not that commonly found, because of this, females have been found to produce young parthenogenetically where unfertilized eggs develop into live young! #Canada150 #Biodiversity150

Dorsal view of Lonchoptera bifurcata, commonly found in cities across Canada. Photo Credit: CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
Lonchoptera bifurcata posing on a leaf. Photo Credit: Sanja565658 goo.gl/GR4pp1
Lonchoptera bifurcata showing off its wings in Eifel National Park, Germany. Photo Credit: Sarefo goo.gl/w6vULE

Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:

Process ID: BBDIP089-09

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Visual representation of DNA barcode sequence for Lonchoptera bifurcata

Learn more about it’s BIN (Barcode Index Number): BOLD:AAG9974

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