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#1 2012-12-20 15:52:50

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Name: Nathan Medd
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Unknown acalyptrate

Greatings all
I have been sent these photos of a rather familiar looking acalyptrate. My first impression was that it was a Tephritid of sorts but now I'm not so sure. I know several other families fit the bill of small brown/black acalypterates with pictured wings (i.e. Pallopteridae). Any suggestions despite low quality pictures?
-Nathan


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#2 2012-12-20 16:35:25

Jim Jobe
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Re: Unknown acalyptrate

?Palloptera sp.

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#3 2012-12-20 17:13:21

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Re: Unknown acalyptrate

Hi Nathan,

Geomyza tripunctata - one of several common opomyzids. More narrowly-built than tephritids with less complex patterns on the wings.

PS Do you fancy helping Buglife look for oil beetles on the Essex coast this March?

Steven



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#4 2012-12-20 17:28:54

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Name: Nathan Medd
From: Edinburgh, Scotland
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Re: Unknown acalyptrate

Thanks Steven. I knew I'd seen one before!
Oil beetle hunt sounds great. I would be happy to help out however I can.
Do you have my email?
-N

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#5 2012-12-21 03:26:05

falky
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Re: Unknown acalyptrate

Send it to me at Buglife (steven.falk(at)buglife.org.uk),

Cheers,

Steven

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#6 2014-10-16 21:34:58

JeeWeevZ
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Name: Jan Willem van Zuijlen
From: Waalwijk, The Netherlands
Registered: 2008-10-23
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Re: Unknown acalyptrate

With such reddish thorax, it could be Geomyza nartshukae. You'd have to study the genitalia to be sure!

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#7 2014-10-17 11:54:40

Howard Bentley
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Re: Unknown acalyptrate

G. nartshukae is not on the British list, but perhaps that's because any fly looking like this one is immediately assigned to tripunctata!

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#8 2014-10-18 01:40:22

MJames
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Re: Unknown acalyptrate

It was added to the British list in 1999 but is included under Opomyza in the checklist.

Last edited by MJames (2014-10-18 01:53:25)

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