Small flies 1.5-5.0 mm long, rarely larger, with reduced bristling. Ocellar triangle characteristically well-developed. Propleuron anteriorly with sharp carina. Wing venation reduced; C with only subcostal break; A1+CuA2 and cell cup absent; CuA1 commonly with a distinct flexure opposite or before midlength of cell bm+cm. (Sabrosky 1987)
Larvae of Chloropidae have varied food habits. Many are phytophagous, some damaging cereals and other grasses.