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#1 2018-07-20 11:22:47

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
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A small Tachinid - Eriothrix rufomaculata ?

There were a couple of these medium-sized flies whirring around each other and periodically settling on a birch tree.
It looks like Eriothrix rufomaculata . Is this a sound ID?

Thanks
Nigel


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#2 2018-07-20 16:08:03

Tony Irwin
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Name: Tony Irwin
From: Norwich
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Re: A small Tachinid - Eriothrix rufomaculata ?

I don't think this is Eriothrix - looks more like Linnaemya

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#3 2018-07-20 16:33:47

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
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Re: A small Tachinid - Eriothrix rufomaculata ?

Yes, I think you're right, Tony.

In fact Linnaemya vulpina looks promising. The Tachinidae site description for this species says "Very common on heaths in summer."
Curiously, this area is normally bog, but due to the exceptionally dry weather, it is more heath-like than I've ever seen it!

Thanks Tony!

Nigel

Last edited by Gateside (2018-07-20 16:50:33)

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