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#1 2018-01-07 20:15:49

IanCarle
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Name: Ian Carle
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Phania funesta?

Hi Folks, final picture (hopefully!) from last year taken on 02/09/2017 at Frogmore Meadows SSSI TQ021988 - it looks a lot like Phania funesta in my general insects book. Can anyone confirm its id from my picture? Thanks for your help!

Ian


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#2 2018-01-07 23:10:01

conopid
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Re: Phania funesta?

Not quite. The wings are a little too dark and the wing venation is not quite right. It's very probably Melanomya nana (Calliphordae). See Steven Falk's images here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/63075200@ … 336063699/


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#3 2018-01-07 23:50:14

IanCarle
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Re: Phania funesta?

Thanks Nigel, that one's not in my book! As you say very probably M. nana are there some other possibilities?

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#4 2018-01-08 13:04:01

Howard Bentley
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Re: Phania funesta?

None that I can think of off hand - I'm pretty sure Nigel has it right. Perhaps (like me) he's just a bit reticent about giving definite ids from a single photograph.

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#5 2018-01-08 15:15:35

conopid
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Re: Phania funesta?

I am reticent indeed. I've got it wrong too many times!

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#6 2018-01-08 22:29:07

IanCarle
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Name: Ian Carle
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Re: Phania funesta?

Ok, thanks Nigel and Howard. I didn't get any other shots I'm afraid.

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