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#1 2012-08-11 01:24:08

andrewsi25
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Name: Ian Andrews
From: Pocklington, East Yorkshire
Registered: 2008-07-11
Posts: 270

Antennae

Can someone put me out of my misery with this striking fly with huge antennae, taken at woodland edge on a coniferous plantation/open heath. I seem to get it somewhere near Sarcophagidae, but have never seen antennae like it!

When I took it, I thought it was going to be a Cordilura...similar body shape and colour.

Thanks

Ian


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#2 2012-08-11 01:59:57

Tony Irwin
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Name: Tony Irwin
From: Norwich
Registered: 2008-03-01
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Re: Antennae

Lophosia fasciata male (Tachinidae). Impressive beast!

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#3 2012-08-11 02:04:17

andrewsi25
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Name: Ian Andrews
From: Pocklington, East Yorkshire
Registered: 2008-07-11
Posts: 270

Re: Antennae

Thanks, Tony.

I had discounted tachinids, as there was a definite membrane between the subscutellum and the scutellum.

Not one I shall forget!

Ian

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#4 2012-08-11 11:53:44

ChrisR
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Name: Chris Raper
From: Reading, UK
Registered: 2008-03-08
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Re: Antennae

It's a lovely and highly distinctive species with a very scattered and sparse distribution across the southern counties. Remember to send us your records - they all count! smile

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#5 2012-08-11 12:23:21

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
From: Shrewsbury
Registered: 2008-02-27
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Re: Antennae

I want one!


Nigel Jones
Shropshire

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#6 2012-08-12 14:42:33

Mark
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Name: Mark Mitchell
From: Hampshire
Registered: 2008-06-17
Posts: 273

Re: Antennae

so do I Nigel! - I'm very envious

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#7 2013-07-23 22:57:08

brianh
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Name: Brian Harding
From: Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Registered: 2008-10-27
Posts: 326

Re: Antennae

I have just caught a male in a yellow pan trap.  Without the characteristic antennae I would have disregarded it as it was not a pretty sight until I relaxed it and put it back into shape. Needless to say I have not caught one in my extensive sweeping forays in the same location.

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#8 2013-07-24 10:59:25

Laurence Clemons
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Name: Laurence Clemons
Registered: 2008-04-02
Posts: 390

Re: Antennae

I've only ever found one specimen, in 1982, and that was dead and in a spider's web.

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#9 2013-07-24 11:46:08

oxycera
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Name: John Coldwell
From: Barnsley
Registered: 2008-04-27
Posts: 325

Re: Antennae

Three records for Barnsley since 1993 - evidently a hotspot!

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#10 2013-07-25 16:00:58

ChrisR
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Name: Chris Raper
From: Reading, UK
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Re: Antennae

Lophosia crop up in 1s all over the country, getting commoner in the south. One feature seems to be that catching it almost guarantees that you'll never see it again at the same location! wink  I have only caught 1 (on Warburg NR outside Henley) and I have never seen another - despite collecting and malaise-trapping the site many times in the last 20 years. The host is not uncommon so it's just another one of those mysterious species whose distribution seems random smile

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#11 2013-07-27 14:05:42

adamwright
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Name: Adam Wright
Registered: 2009-02-12
Posts: 29

Re: Antennae

Have only seen one specimen which I found visiting Wild Parsnip on downland in 1994.

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