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#1 2017-08-28 13:28:31

Harry R
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Smallish fly from Rainham Marshes, Essex

Is it possible to ID this fly from a photo? Iíve browsed around the internet for a bit, but I canít find anything that looks right.

Thanks!


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#2 2017-08-28 21:20:57

PhilC
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Re: Smallish fly from Rainham Marshes, Essex

It's Platypezidae, subfamily Platypezinae, but I think it would be difficult to get to a species with just this photograph.

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#3 2017-08-28 22:05:46

Harry R
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Re: Smallish fly from Rainham Marshes, Essex

Thanks Phil! Thatís further than I would have got on my own, anyway.

It really is a cartoonish-looking thing, with the enormous eyes and the tiny neck.

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#4 2017-08-29 11:40:24

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Re: Smallish fly from Rainham Marshes, Essex

enough wing is visible to show that it can only be Lindneromyia, and dorsalis is the species we have here. They are known as Flat-footed flies, and this one is a male. This species breeds in Agaricus mushrooms

Jeremy

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#5 2017-08-29 11:45:03

Harry R
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Re: Smallish fly from Rainham Marshes, Essex

Thanks Jeremy! Iíll stick it on iRecord.

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