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Tephrochlamys rufiventris

Ruud van der Weele, who helped me a lot in identifying various flies, is a specialist on this family himself. The Sunflies are not very well known to the general public, but they are interesting enough. According to Ruud, this family bloomed during the Ice Age. When the earth warmed up again, many members of this family stay behind, high in the mountains, in the Arctic, in caves and in dark forests. The species below is very common in the Benelux area and can be seen in gardens and around farms regularly. The larvae eat decaying organic materials and can be found in dung heaps etc.