Phaonia pallida (Fabricius, 1787)

Scientific name: Phaonia pallida (Fabricius, 1787)
Common name:
French name: Aricie pâle
Order: Diptera
Family: Muscidae
Wingspan : 5-7,5 mm.
Biotope: Deciduous forests. Larvae grow in rotting wood and in various fungi including the Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria).
Geographic area: Palaearctic region.
Observation period : May to September.

The members of the Phaonia genus show a strong postero-dorsal bristle located just before the apex of tibia 3.
Phaonia pallida is a reddish yellow fly. The balancers and the legs are yellow. The tarsi are black.
The red eyes are very close to each other on males. They are separated by a gap with a yellow mark on females.
The antennae with three articles bear a feathery arista.
The anal veins do not reach the edge of the wings.


Phaonia pallida - Yvelines, France - August 9th 2011
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Phaonia pallida
I was searching in the Lauxaniidae family to try to tell apart this beautiful yellow fly observed in the forest.
Having difficulties with diptera, as usual, I have required help from Alain Ramel. He has indicated the Phaonia pallida species to me very quickly.



Phaonia pallida - Yvelines, France - August 9th 2011
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Phaonia pallida
The well separated eyes indicate one female.

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