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#1 2019-08-05 16:09:37

jimmymac2
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Name: James McCulloch
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Empidoidea?

This fly is completely unknown to me - it was potted running across the bar of a fence in south Surrey in wet woodland. It resembles some Empididae however I've looked through the gallery at diptera.info without a match so far. Would anybody be able to suggest a possible ID?

Thanks, James


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#2 2019-08-05 19:03:50

Tony Irwin
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Re: Empidoidea?

Right superfamily, wrong family - try Hybotidae, Tachypeza

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#3 2019-08-05 19:38:37

jimmymac2
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Name: James McCulloch
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Re: Empidoidea?

Many thanks Tony - do you know where I might be able to find a key for this genus?

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#4 2019-08-06 00:23:20

Tony Irwin
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Re: Empidoidea?

Chvála, M., 1975. The Empidoidea (Diptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. - Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 3: 1-336. is the best book to use. I'm not sure of the easiest way to get hold of a copy of the Tachypeza key - someone may have a pdf available. Might be worth asking on the Diptera.info site - such requests usually meet with success.

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