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#1 2018-11-05 14:49:40

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
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Helina male

I cannot find a match for this male Helina (I'm pretty certain that it is not one of the other Muscid genera). It's got black tipped orange palps, infuscated cross veins, pubescent arista and very orange legs. The closest fit is H. atricolor, but the femora should not be this orange for that species (unless it's an intersex with female characters in a largely male specimen?) Anyway, does this remind anyone of any particular species?

I've browsed through all of Gregor et al.'s descriptions and cannot find a good match among the few species with pubescent arista.

Collected in my garden in Shrewsbury this summer.


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#2 2018-11-07 17:24:18

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Re: Helina male

Have you considered Helina pulchella?

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#3 2018-11-09 16:10:17

conopid
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Re: Helina male

Thank you Michael, good suggestion. Working backward through the key, that appears to be it - I'd forgotten that Gregor et al. do not describe species that don't occur in central Europe. I am taking the specimen to the Oxford AGM for checking, but it certainly looks a strong candidate for H. pulchella which seems to be something of a rarity.

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