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#1 2009-06-23 20:50:19

buzfuz8149
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Name: CW
Registered: 2009-06-23
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Fly ID

Found on Nettle, Lancashire 21 June 09.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_B-zug7BAyRE/Sj_bwcz9yoI/AAAAAAAATns/uQ6QexF8DCQ/s400/fly%20ID%2021.06.09.jpg

TIA smile

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#2 2009-06-23 23:15:35

Jason G
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Name: Jason Green
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Re: Fly ID

Hi Buzz, welcome to DF. It's a snipe fly from the Rhagionidae family. Someone else will go further I'm sure, but what a pretty specimen!

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#3 2009-06-24 10:03:00

buzfuz8149
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Re: Fly ID

Thanks Jason, I have seen snipe flies before but it never crossed my mind, not much does roll  I was thinking hover - probably the colour. Yes it was pretty and very obliging, I think it was cold waiting for the sun to hit the spot smile

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#4 2009-06-24 12:13:26

malcolmsmart
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Name: Malcolm Smart
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Re: Fly ID

This is likely to be the common Rhagio tringarius, but there is another very rare species, Rhagio annulatus, which could not be distinguished from characters visible in this picture (in fact you would need to examine a specimen under a microscope to be sure).

Malcolm

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