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#1 2014-08-20 01:27:35

Richard Dickson
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Stripey-eyed calliphorid?

Wing-length 6 mm. Clear meral bristles. Subscutellum not swollen. Posterior spiracle with a large posterior lappet. Lower calypter lacking hairs.
Botley Wood SU5309 S.Hampshire (VC11) 18.viii.2014.
Such a distinctive fly, but I'm not even entirely sure what family to put it in! It doesn't seem to run in Rognes, 1991...at least, not for me.
Any tips on mastering the coxopleural streak?


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#2 2014-08-20 02:36:04

Tony Irwin
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Re: Stripey-eyed calliphorid?

Stomorhina lunata

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#3 2014-08-20 11:18:32

Richard Dickson
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Re: Stripey-eyed calliphorid?

Thank you for your help, Tony.
There is, I s'pose a likeness to Pollenia. Not that I would have been expecting to find a locust parasite in the depths of an English wood. Rognes provides an extensive description which makes no mention of the stripy eyes: perhaps because the only Fennoscandian specimen is over a century old.
Richard

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#4 2014-08-20 14:58:32

ChrisR
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Re: Stripey-eyed calliphorid?

That sloping face is really distinctive. I have been looking for calliphorids all summer though and haven't seen one - nice find! big_smile

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