head like a fly BUT 'wings' like a beetle: a beetle-fly from W-Java

Image of Spaniocelyphus


L: ~ 2-3mmBeetle flies (Celyphidae) are small to medium-sized and easily recognised. The scutellum is enlarged, forming a protective shell over the abdomen, giving them a beetle-like appearance. Also, like many beetles, Celyphidae are often shiny or metallic in colour. The wings, when at rest, are folded beneath the scutellar shell .About 90 species are known from the Oriental and Afrotropic biogeographic regions; Spaniocelyphus palmi is probably the commonest celyphid species in the Oriental region [PAPP et al., 2006: p.186f].The biology of the family is poorly known. Adults are found in along streams and rivers, and in wet grassy areas. Larvae are saprophagous [WORLDLINGO] in decaying plant matter, likely feeding on associated microorganisms [S.D Gaimari].more info: www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/en/Celyphidaewww.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/ppd/entomology/diptera.html#celyphidspecies could be: Spaniocelyphus palmi FREY, 1941 ???Genus: Spaniocelyphus HENDEL, 190? ???, has to be verifiedFamily: Celyphidae (beetle flies or beetle-backed flies, Kferfliegen)[det. "servitude", 2011, based on this photo]Superfamily: LauxanioideaSubsection: AcalyptrataeSection: SchizophoraOrder: Diptera (flies, Zweiflgler)Class: Insectamore info: more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CelyphidaeIndonesia, W-Java, Depok: vic. Cinangka, ca. 50m asl. (a big garden close to a creek, so usually wet calms abundant), 15.02.2011_______________________________________________MP-65mm (Canon), 2-3x magnification, 1/250s, f11, ISO 100, 0EV, ring-flash, hand-heldIMG_9902)_______________________________________________Literature: PAPP, MERZ and FLDVRI (2006): Diptera of Thailand, A summary of the families and genera. Acta Zool. Acad. Scient. Hungaricae 52 (2), pp. 97269

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