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#1 2017-08-08 18:43:35

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 904

An orange and cream Tachinid a bit like T. fera

I've not seen a Tachinid like this before. Doing the simplistic comparison method, I can't find a match in any UK galleries, though it is a bit like Tachina fera on the abdomen, but lacks a broad central dark stripe. The thorax is far too pale.

It it helps, the habitat was lowland raised bog, and very hazardous. I was unable to get images from other angles, which I would of course have preferred.

The last image appears to show something red and shiny under its thorax. If it has been dull orange, I would have suggested a soldier beetle (they were about), but it would be a bit small, and too shiny.

Nigel G.


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#2 2017-08-08 19:44:09

andrewsi25
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Name: Ian Andrews
From: Pocklington, East Yorkshire
Registered: 2008-07-11
Posts: 246

Re: An orange and cream Tachinid a bit like T. fera

Have a look at Linnaemyia vulpina maybe.

Ian

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#3 2017-08-08 20:05:32

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 904

Re: An orange and cream Tachinid a bit like T. fera

Thanks for the suggestion, Ian
I don't know how significant colour variation is with these, but mine does look quite a bit paler, though admitedly it's similar. The eye is similar to the male on the tachinids UK site, except that I don't have quite the same view. Tricky.  I thought it looked so unusual at the time, but it hasn't got me anywhere.  I regret the lack of views, but sometimes you just can't win.

Nigel G.

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