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#1 2017-04-01 15:17:06

jimmymac2
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Name: James McCulloch
From: West Sussex
Registered: 2015-07-10
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Fly on Primrose

Yesterday we found a large patch of Primrose flowers and nearly every one had one of these flies on either the leaves or the flowers. I didn't see them on any other flowers so I assume they specialise on Primroses. This was in mid Sussex on a sunny afternoon. Any help much appreciated!

James


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#2 2017-04-01 19:15:41

andrewsi25
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Name: Ian Andrews
From: Pocklington, East Yorkshire
Registered: 2008-07-11
Posts: 229

Re: Fly on Primrose

A species of Bibio, which are widespread at this time of year and probably just coincidence that you were seeing them on primroses, though I have noticed they will collect on yellow flowers of gorse, as well. Likely to be B. lanigerus from the look of it, but best done to species via a specimen.

Ian

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#3 2017-04-02 20:55:13

Geoff F
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Name: Geoff Foale
From: South Devon
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 117

Re: Fly on Primrose

Are there keys for Bibio?

I'm seeing quite a few which rather look like B. johannis to me but I'm only guessing really.

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#4 2017-04-02 22:15:32

Tony Irwin
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Name: Tony Irwin
From: Norwich
Registered: 2008-03-01
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Re: Fly on Primrose

The Royal Entomological Society key to Bibionidae and Scatopsidae (by Freeman and Lane, 1985) is still available (slightly damaged stock) - £2.00 plus postage

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