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#1 2008-02-15 01:45:44

stuart
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Tephritid recording scheme

The Tephritidae include 75 species and are often known as "fruit flies" (although Drosophilidae are often known by this name in Britain) and sometimes as "gall flies".

Nearly all species have wing-markings and many of the species are very attractive. The larvae develop in plants as leaf, fruit and stem miners or they form galls. Often a good way to record the group is to search for the host plants of the different species and look for the adults or early stages according to the season.

This is a very popular family of acalyptrate flies, and they are ideal if you are interested in plants and rearing from larvae or puparia. Many species are easy to recognise, but some are more difficult. It is quite practical to make good progress as a beginner, especially if you can associate flies with a plant species, but some species require dissection to check the male genitalia or female ovipositor.

There is an RES Handbook (White, 1988) and the scheme produces newsletters and has published an atlas (Clemons, 1996).

The organiser welcomes records and accepts any quantity of material for identification.

Organiser: Laurence Clemons, email: laurence.clemons@ssesurf.co.uk


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#2 2008-08-07 11:44:37

Judy Webb
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

I have recently recorded 2 specimens of Icterica westermanni from limestone grassland near Oxford.  I'm wondering if there are any previous records for Oxfordshire?  NBN shows none.  I would also like advice on how to get hold of the distribution atlas referenced above as: Clemons (1996).

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#3 2008-08-07 12:19:10

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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Hi Judy,
I have had a quick look at Laurences latest distribution map,
( Spring Bulletin 2004 ) and there do not appear to be any records for
Oxford! So, it looks like a good record!
I will get back to you, later, with some more data,
All the best, Mick


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#4 2008-08-19 17:26:27

Judy Webb
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Laurence or anybody else recording tephritids - please could you tell me roughly how common Acinia corniculata is in recent years?  Any observations welcome.  I have recorded it twice in the last month in meadows with knapweed around Oxford and am being asked for management recommendations.  Obviously I'm saying keep as much knapweed as possible with seed heads left over winter.  However I would like to know if it is still a rare thing and Red Data listed, or is it becoming slightly more common?  Hope to get all my tephritid records to you, Laurence, this autumn.

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#5 2008-08-19 19:51:46

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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Judy,

Richard Jones blogged about finding it in London:
http://tinyurl.com/6hrccc

Martin


Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme
http://www.brc.ac.uk/soldierflies-and-allies/

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#6 2008-08-19 23:52:57

Judy Webb
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Interesting, Martin, thanks.

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#7 2008-08-20 01:36:15

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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

does anyone have any Acinia corniculata photos?

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#8 2008-08-20 02:47:04

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From: Surrey/Hants border
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Hi

A bit of a tangent but the recent posts prompted me to remember that I recently found male and female Urophora solstitialis on Carduus nutans in VC17 at a chalk downland site.

From what I have read about this RDB3 species the records are a little sporadic. Would you be able to tell me when it was las recorded in VC17 (Surrey)?

I'll be sending records in at some point - currently putting everything into mapmate.

Regards

Scotty

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#9 2008-08-20 20:49:50

Judy Webb
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Mark, I have just posted a picture of one of my Acinia corniculata specimens in the gallery

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#10 2008-08-22 16:19:43

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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Many thanks Judy. I was hoping this would be the Tephritid I found on a "knapweed Like" plant, but alas not. But one to look out for.

I don't know how other forum members fair, but my host plant recognition isn't as good as I would like it to be, Has anyone thought of doing "Botany for Entomologists" at one of the meetings? (or has this been done already?)

Mark

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#11 2008-08-22 23:10:50

Judy Webb
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Your 'knapweed like' plants may be the greater knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa, still in flower at the moment.  Quite a few different teprhitids use this - am catching Terellia colon still out on it currently.  Maybe they would let me do 10 mins on 'tephritid host plant recognition' at the picture wing flies workshop next March in Preston Montford!

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#12 2008-08-27 14:28:52

conopid
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

In a recent Forum Bulletin I am sure that I read that Laurence Clemons was calling for records in anticipation of a new Atlas. However I cannot find anything in recent Bulletins. Am I imagining this, or is there a call for records? Can anyone advise?

I also recollect that the item from Laurence mentioned that he does not receive records by email, as he does not have email facilities. Is this correct?


Nigel Jones
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#13 2008-09-12 16:27:50

Laurence Clemons
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

The fact that I am posting this means that I have access to e-mail. However, this is at work and I do not have personal e-mail at home. As I do not work as an entomologist (I am a schoolteacher) I did not think it appropriate to publish the address as a means of regular communication.

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#14 2008-09-12 18:56:16

Laurence Clemons
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Judy Webb wrote:

Laurence or anybody else recording tephritids - please could you tell me roughly how common Acinia corniculata is in recent years?  Any observations welcome.  I have recorded it twice in the last month in meadows with knapweed around Oxford and am being asked for management recommendations.  Obviously I'm saying keep as much knapweed as possible with seed heads left over winter.  However I would like to know if it is still a rare thing and Red Data listed, or is it becoming slightly more common?  Hope to get all my tephritid records to you, Laurence, this autumn.

It has been found more widely in the past decade and I have been informed (without supporting records) that it is 'all over the place in Sussex'. Richard Jones found it in the extreme north-west part of VC 16 about 10 years ago and I have found it in other parts of the same vice-county in 2003, 2004 and this year. It has quite a protracted emergence period extending well into September, although one of my records was from the middle of June.

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#15 2008-09-12 19:16:22

Laurence Clemons
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Judy Webb wrote:

I have recently recorded 2 specimens of Icterica westermanni from limestone grassland near Oxford.  I'm wondering if there are any previous records for Oxfordshire?  NBN shows none.  I would also like advice on how to get hold of the distribution atlas referenced above as: Clemons (1996).

Note the checklist changes in names between White (1988) and Chandler (1998). Icterica is now Merzomyia because the genera have different limits in the Old and New World. All the Paroxyna have been transferred to Campiglossa. Paroxyna lhommei is now Campiglossa malaris. Some of the case-endings have also changed e.g. eximia (Myopites) is eximius. Three species Tephritis matricariae, Terellia fuscicornis and Tephritis divisa have been added since them.

Until your records westermanni was known from Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Warwickshire but not Oxfordshire.

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#16 2008-09-14 02:01:47

Judy Webb
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Thank-you, Laurence.  Very useful.  My first Acinia was caught on 22nd June of this year but was obviously pale and a bit teneral. I'll try and get my head around the name changes.

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#17 2008-09-15 13:25:24

conopid
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Hello Laurence,
Hoping that you will see this forum post. Thanks for confirming that you'd rather receive records by post. I can send these as a print out of an Excel spreadsheet, and also, if it's useful for you, a copy of the spreadsheet on a cd-rom or floppy disc.

Do you have a cut off date for submission of records. I still have quite a bit of work to do  compliling my records and identifying this year's catch.

Best wishes

Last edited by conopid (2008-09-15 13:28:59)


Nigel Jones
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#18 2008-09-15 15:04:12

Laurence Clemons
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

A copy of the data on a CD-ROM or floppy disk would be ideal.

I would like to do some more data inputting over the Christmas Holiday so that some more updated maps can be produced early next Spring.

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#19 2008-09-15 17:09:29

conopid
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Excellent, I am sure I can sort out specimens and records before December.


Nigel Jones
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#20 2015-08-13 12:41:40

OliverRaw
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

Also interested in photos of Acinia corniculata

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#21 2015-08-14 17:37:31

KenMerrifield
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Re: Tephritid recording scheme

OliverRaw wrote:

Also interested in photos of Acinia corniculata

Have you tried Google Images or a similar internet search? e.g.
https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&a … lKP_P1znqM
(although some are obviously not!!)
http://www.biolib.cz/en/image/id229836/

or the section on photo sites of the Web Links page on this site? -
http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t601- … Links.html
e.g.
http://www.bioimages.org.uk/html/r156551.htm

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