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#1 2019-08-01 12:44:00

jimmymac2
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Name: James McCulloch
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Sciaroid?

This fly was swept from Hedgecourt NR, Surrey on 29th July. Its overall structure seemed to be similar to Mycetophilidae or Sciaridae although I tried keying it through those routes without any success. The over-arching thorax looks distinctive, as does the wing venation which doesn't seem typical for either of the aforementioned families (although I'm not experienced in Sciaroidea). If anyone would be able to shed any light on its identity, I would be grateful.

James


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#2 2019-08-01 23:11:08

Tony Irwin
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Re: Sciaroid?

It's a female chironomid, tribe Chironomini, but I'm not sure which genus.

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#3 2019-08-02 16:12:45

jimmymac2
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Re: Sciaroid?

Thanks Tony, I wasn't expecting it to be a chironomid!

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