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#1 2009-09-11 13:37:45

Stuart MA Ball
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a muscid ?

Found this fly basking in the sunshine yesterday, I think it may be a muscid but would welcome a more accurate ID please.
Stuart MA Ball


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#2 2009-09-11 15:34:40

Stephane Lebrun
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Re: a muscid ?

This is not a muscid, this is a Calliphoridae : a male Stomorhina lunata.

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#3 2009-09-11 16:11:59

Stuart MA Ball
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Re: a muscid ?

Thanks Stephane.
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#4 2009-09-11 19:40:52

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Re: a muscid ?

Hi Stuart

Where was this one seen?

There is a bit about this species in DF Vol 13 No2 132-134

Larvae feed on Locust eggs, so is considered a vagrant species. and one worthy of note.

Has anyone considered that it could also be using locusts that are being reared in the UK for the exotic pet trade?

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#5 2009-09-11 23:51:53

Andy chick
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Re: a muscid ?

Mark wrote:

Hi Stuart

Where was this one seen?

There is a bit about this species in DF Vol 13 No2 132-134

Larvae feed on Locust eggs, so is considered a vagrant species. and one worthy of note.

Has anyone considered that it could also be using locusts that are being reared in the UK for the exotic pet trade?

its possible, althought most locusts used for exotic pet food in the UK are shipped in from either the USA or Holland, i cant say i've ever seen them infested with diptera larvae/adults other than curly wing flies and fruit flies. collages and universities still sometimes keep their own cultures as do small reptile houses (some of with have very dubious culture hygiene!)

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#6 2009-09-12 13:09:10

Stuart MA Ball
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Re: a muscid ?

Hi Mark,
I found the male Stomorhina lunata at Afton Marshes, near Freshwater on the IOW on Thursday 10th August. Just this one specimen basking in the sunshine, it moved back into the sun when I over-shaded it whilst taking images. Perhaps someone locally is breeding locusts ?
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#7 2013-07-27 16:54:17

JRsbugs
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Re: a muscid ?

I got photos of this fly this morning in my garden!  I have back, side and semi-frontal angles, and I'm near Lincoln.

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