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#1 2019-02-08 15:58:34

AliCullaloe
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Name: Ali Shuttleworth
From: Fife, VC85
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Pediciidae puzzler

Hi all,

This hairy-eyed cranefly looks good for a female in the Pediciidae to me, but i can't place it satisfactorily using John Kramer's key. Highly likely I'm missing something or I'm right but think I'm wrong.

It isn't broad-winged, has only one x-vein, unmarked wings, isn't black. It looks not too distant from Pedicia (Crunobia) straminea but lacks an elbowed Rs (or appendix). It's also pretty grey. Am I wrong in talking myself out of it?

Thanks
Ali


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#2 2019-02-11 23:16:47

Geoff F
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Re: Pediciidae puzzler

If this is Pediciidae (I tend to find them difficult to identify if the hairy eyes are uncertain) then I appear to key out as Dicranota lucidipennis.

But that is just a suggestion and not an identification.

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#3 2019-02-12 12:36:30

AliCullaloe
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Name: Ali Shuttleworth
From: Fife, VC85
Registered: 2014-08-20
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Re: Pediciidae puzzler

Thanks, Geoff

That does look pretty good. Now I have to go and figure out why I failed to get there. Sometimes it's a mental block that gets you stuck in the wrong orientation. A quick look at the key now and I think I misunderstood Dicranota to all have two x-veins - problem solved smile

Thanks again
Ali

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