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#1 2017-08-10 17:37:55

pbrighto
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Name: Phil Brighton
From: Warrington
Registered: 2011-10-21
Posts: 336

black and beautiful

I cannot place this at all, though I feel I have seen it before.  About 5mm long, the body is all black with strong metallic green reflections.  The wing veins are all yellow, and the anal cell has a very long extension.  The eyes have iridescent banding.   Found on goldenrod or fennel flowers on 5 Aug.

It should be instantly recognisable to someone!


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#2 2017-08-10 17:42:04

pbrighto
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Name: Phil Brighton
From: Warrington
Registered: 2011-10-21
Posts: 336

Re: black and beautiful

If all else fails, try the pretty pictures in the Dipterists Handbook:  it's got to be Physiphora alceae (Ulidiidae)!

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