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#1 2018-05-15 03:49:42

Endymion19
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Conops vesicularis ?

Seen at Dancers End Nature reserve this evening in a scallop between meadow and woodland.
Looks right for Conops but can it be identified to species please.
There are definitely Hornets on site.

Grid Ref SP900095 6.30pm


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#2 2018-05-15 22:31:02

Geoff F
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Re: Conops vesicularis ?

I don't have any personal experience with that species (it appears to be rather rare) but trying the old RES keys quickly comes up with Conops vesicularis and it seems to match images in my general book as well.

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#3 2018-05-16 10:36:25

Rainieria
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Re: Conops vesicularis ?

It matches the illustration in Baldock, D. W., & Early, J. P. (2015). Soldierflies, their allies and Conopidae of Surrey. Woking: Surrey Wildlife Trust. which also provides an account of this species. The only book which illustrates the Conopidae of the British Isles so far as I know.
The illustration there is by Steve Falk and you'll find further images on his Flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/63075200@ … 648196023/


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#4 2018-05-17 00:11:26

Endymion19
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Re: Conops vesicularis ?

Thank you, I checked out the website and I am happy it is a female of the species.

It was a rather lovely fly, even if hornets wouldn’t agree.

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