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#1 2014-07-20 13:21:21

RobWolton
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Name: Rob Wolton
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Curious Calypterate

I would welcome help with identifying the distinctive fly shown in the attached photos.  The mouth parts are strongly recessed into the mouth cavity, but both palps and proboscis can be seen inside.  8mm long, caught on coastal grassland slope at Exmoor, SW England, 19 July.  Regards,  Rob


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#2 2014-07-20 13:56:31

Laurence Clemons
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Re: Curious Calypterate

Can you provide more than just a head view?

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#3 2014-07-20 15:03:22

Laurence Clemons
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Re: Curious Calypterate

Looks like Miltogramma germari (Sarcophagidae).

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#4 2014-07-20 15:20:02

RobWolton
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Re: Curious Calypterate

Many thanks, Laurence.  What a strange sarcophagid!  I read that the larvae appear to feed on the stored food of various ground-nesting bees, including Colletes species.  Kind regards,  Rob

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#5 2014-07-21 23:12:07

ChrisR
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Re: Curious Calypterate

Hmm, it could be a Miltogrammine but can we have some shots doraally and that show the wing venation?

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#6 2014-07-21 23:59:49

RobWolton
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Re: Curious Calypterate

I don't know why, but try as I may, I can only upload one image at a time.  They are all below the maximum size....Chris, I will send you dorsal image by email.  Best wishes, Rob

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#7 2014-07-22 00:21:52

ChrisR
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Re: Curious Calypterate

Rob has shown me the other images and it is clearly a miltogrammine - sorry for the confusion smile

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