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#1 2016-05-30 23:14:04

jonM
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Name: Jon Mortin
Registered: 2009-03-09
Posts: 414

Long-legged Flies

Lots of these flies circling around an Ash tree a few days ago, presumably in some sort of courtship dance. Their incredibly long dangling legs were very noticeable, but they were very hard to photograph (in flight). However in spite of the blurry images, I'm hoping to get some kind of ID (maybe not to species though).


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#2 2016-05-31 02:11:10

anymarks
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Name: Neil Marks
From: Norfolk
Registered: 2009-08-07
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Re: Long-legged Flies

Hi Jon

Empididae (Dance fly) - I'm sure someone will be able to narrow it down more

Regards, Neil

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#3 2016-05-31 10:54:58

oxycera
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Name: John Coldwell
From: Barnsley
Registered: 2008-04-27
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Re: Long-legged Flies

Ocydromia?

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#4 2016-05-31 16:23:21

jeremyr
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Name: Jeremy Richardson
From: Tottenham
Registered: 2012-12-31
Posts: 222

Re: Long-legged Flies

proboscis a bit long for Ocydromia - I found a tiny 'swarm' of these last week, three hovering flies, they were Empis nigritarsis

Jeremy

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#5 2016-06-01 21:58:09

jonM
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Name: Jon Mortin
Registered: 2009-03-09
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Re: Long-legged Flies

Thanks everyone. I should have spotted the proboscis indicating an empid. Not come across E.nigritarsis before.

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