- Actina acutula
- Actina amoena
- Actina apicalis
- Actina chalybea
- Actina compta
- Actina diadema
- Actina flavicornis
- Actina fraterna
- Actina jezoensis
- Actina maculipennis
- Actina sapporo
- Actina soldatowi
- Actina spatulata
- Actina varipes
- Actina viridis
- Actina xinzangensis
Species of Actina are generally dark in coloration and have metallic green thoraces. They are found in most of the northern temperate regions of the world, including Canada, U.S.A. east of the Rocky Mountains, Europe, Mongolia, and parts of East Asia. The Asian species are predominantly found in mountainous habitats (Woodley 1995). Very little is known about the biology of these flies even though some species are common. Males of A. viridis form swarms. Larvae have been collected in sandy soil and in moss mats (Woodley 1995).
Actina is best distinguished from other Beridinae by the distinctive shape of the male gonostylus (Woodley 1995).
Woodley, N. E. 2001. A World Catalog of the Stratiomyidae (Insecta: Diptera). Myia 11: 1-473. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
Information on the Internet
- Diptera.info. Images of Actina chalybea.
- Harvard MCZ Type Images. Images of Actina viridis.
- UMN: Cedar Creek Insects. Image of Actina viridis.
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