Ptychoptera albimana

Ptychoptera albimana is a species of fly in the family Ptychopteridae. It can be found throughout the Palearctic[1][2][3] but commonly found throughout Britain.[4]

Ptychoptera albimana
Ptychoptera albimana (Diptera sp.) female, Texel, the Netherlands - 2.jpg
Ptychoptera albimana Netherlands
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Ptychopteridae
Genus: Ptychoptera
P. albimana
Binomial name
Ptychoptera albimana
(Fabricius, 1787)


The body of Ptychoptera albimana is mostly black with distinct orange marking, usually on the dorsal section. The insect is most active between spring and fall, with the female laying 500 eggs.[4]


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  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. ^ R. L. Coe, Paul Freeman & P. F. Mattingly, 1950 Handbooks for the identification of British insects Vol 9 Part 2 ii. Diptera - 2. Nematocera: families Tipulidae to Chironomidae (Trichoceridae - Culicidae). Royal Entomological Society, London pdf
  4. ^ a b "Ptychoptera albimana | NatureSpot". Retrieved 2017-07-27.