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#1 2018-11-18 19:46:51

JudyS
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From: Peterborough
Registered: 2018-11-13
Posts: 11

A lovely Empid fly ... I think!

This is a photo from May of this year, taken in my back garden.  I had it labelled as 'interesting black fly', but after a little research, I think I've narrowed it down to Empididae, Hilara sp. (M).  Could someone confirm or correct, please?


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#2 2018-11-20 12:46:48

pbrighto
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Name: Phil Brighton
From: Warrington
Registered: 2011-10-21
Posts: 363

Re: A lovely Empid fly ... I think!

Yes, a typical male Hilara with those swollen front metatarsi.  It's a large genus of mostly smallish black or grey species, so I don't think there is much chance of getting to a definite species ID.   However, yours does remind me of H. maura which is the species I find most often - I can see some slight signs of the distinctive thoracic markings, but you have to have a specimen at just the right angle to see these properly.

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#3 2018-11-23 13:16:44

JudyS
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From: Peterborough
Registered: 2018-11-13
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Re: A lovely Empid fly ... I think!

Thanks for the confirmation, Phil.  I'll take a look at my folder and see if any of the shots show the thorax more clearly.

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