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#1 2018-11-19 22:49:38

Geoff F
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Name: Geoff Foale
From: South Devon
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 219

Maybe one of the Kelp Flies?

From a moth trap recently. South Devon.

I was wondering about one of the Kelp Flies such as Coelopa pilipes but have little knowledge of this group.


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#2 2018-11-19 23:01:34

andrewsi25
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Name: Ian Andrews
From: Pocklington, East Yorkshire
Registered: 2008-07-11
Posts: 270

Re: Maybe one of the Kelp Flies?

Yes, that looks right to me.

Ian

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#3 2018-11-20 21:28:35

Geoff F
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Name: Geoff Foale
From: South Devon
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 219

Re: Maybe one of the Kelp Flies?

Thanks for your help.

This is just one of many groups where I really ought to be spending more time, but that is a limited commodity and I am also struggling to learn about so many other things like Mirid Bugs and Leafhoppers plus occasionally dabbling with Sawflies and not really making much headway with bees!

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#4 2018-11-21 10:35:42

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 1045

Re: Maybe one of the Kelp Flies?

Geoff, I felt I had to reply, even though I can't add anything to the identification thread. I've spent the last 10 years struggling with so many widely different wildlife groups - I've spread myself too thinly to be of much use in any one. But to me, it does sound rather like your experiences already noted ... And it can be great fun (at times!).
I have only encountered one kelp fly, found on a south Dorset cliff - Coelopa frigida - and identified by Tony Irwin.

Enjoy the journey.

Nigel G.

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#5 2018-11-22 22:19:10

Geoff F
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Name: Geoff Foale
From: South Devon
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 219

Re: Maybe one of the Kelp Flies?

I try to limit myself to the things where I have a reasonable chance of success, Nigel, but then something else which looks interesting comes along so I think 'Have a go anyway'. Which is why I have so many photos labelled as Unidentified !

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#6 2018-11-23 10:40:26

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
Posts: 1045

Re: Maybe one of the Kelp Flies?

smile

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#7 2018-11-23 13:23:46

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

Re: Maybe one of the Kelp Flies?

Count me in to that club too.  I photograph any wildlife I find in my garden, but for the last five years I've been more interested in Diptera than anything else, so Diptera gets looked at first.  Syrphidae first, other Diptera next, and everything else gets left 'until I have time'.

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