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#1 2018-07-18 09:19:32

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 1019

lighweight Tachinid for ID

I believe this is a Tachinid, but having looked at web images,and my own set, I don't recognise it.

Estimated size c 10 mm, and fairly slim.

I have other images, but these seemed the most useful. Is an ID possible?

Thanks.

Nigel G.


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#2 2018-07-18 09:42:03

andrewsi25
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Name: Ian Andrews
From: Pocklington, East Yorkshire
Registered: 2008-07-11
Posts: 258

Re: lighweight Tachinid for ID

It's a Sarcophaga...the striped thorax and chequerboard abdominal pattern is typical.

Ian

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#3 2018-07-18 17:06:03

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 1019

Re: lighweight Tachinid for ID

Okay, thanks Ian.

I am just a bit surprised, because a day before I had encountered a more obvious Sarcophaga, and put it to one side as impossible. But this one, I thought, didn't seem to have the right pattern on the thorax, and didn't seem to match the typical appearance, so I assumed it was a Tachinid instead.. At least it's different from ones I've encountered before, and I thought they were all rather similar.

The trouble with Sarcophaga is that they are not covered very well on the more obvious sites, so one doesn't get a chance to appreciate that they might be more variable than appears initially.

Nigel.

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