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#1 2008-02-08 11:57:35

stuart
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Name: Stuart Ball
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Conopid Recording Scheme

The Conopidae (24 species) are very attractive flies of medium to large size, including wasp mimics. They are larval parasites of bees and wasps. This is an ideal family even for the beginner, although it is unusual to see many conopids during a day in the field. There are only a few species that are hard to identify but these are mostly rare members of the genus Myopa. There is a newsletter and an illustrated recording scheme key to Conopidae, as well as the RES Handbook by Smith (1969).

Organiser: David Clements, 7 Vista Rise, Rhadyr Cheyne, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2SD


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#2 2008-06-27 01:22:51

jaapiella
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Name: Scotty Dodd
From: Surrey/Hants border
Registered: 2008-06-27
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Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Hello All

I have been trying to contact David Clements regarding a species of Myopa taken in Surrey (VC17) during May 2008. I think that the specimen is M.extricata but feel that I require confirmation.

Would it be possible to provide an email or telephone number or alternatively if Dave is reading this please contact me at jaapiella@yahoo.co.uk or call 07799894154.

Many thanks

Scotty

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#3 2008-06-27 14:19:33

haematocephalus
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Name: Martin Harvey
From: Buckinghamshire
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Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Scotty,

The conopid scheme is listed on the BRC website, and they give David's email address, see:
http://www.brc.ac.uk/recording_schemes.asp

(scroll down the page to find the Diptera schemes)

Martin

P.S. I had Myopa extricata in my garden (Buckinghamshire) back in April.

Last edited by haematocephalus (2008-06-27 23:49:04)


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#4 2008-06-28 00:52:00

jaapiella
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Name: Scotty Dodd
From: Surrey/Hants border
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Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Thanks Martin

I have tried this email address already (from BWARS members list), perhaps David is on holiday.

Incidentally, I now have all of David Baldock's 'tricky' Myopa specimens to be sent for confirmation along with my own. Any volunteers if I am unable to track David Clements down?!? 9 specimens in total, thought to be within M.extricata (7) and M.tessalatipennis (2) - outside chance of M.strandi amongst them (one Surrey record, voucher at RHS Wisley, A.Halstead)? All records will be submitted to national and VC17 recording schemes.

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Scotty

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#5 2008-06-28 11:12:45

Mick
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Name: Mick Parker
From: Weymouth, Dorset
Registered: 2008-02-20
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Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Hi jaapiella,
You can send them to me if you wish, I am lucky enough to have most
of the British Conopids, and I am very familier with M extricata ( it appears
to be the commonest myopa in Dorset, and these were vetted by Dave Clements in my early days! )
However, I leave for Scotland in twenty minutes! off on the Dipterist Annual field week, and so cannot respond via e-mail for a week.
My Address is 9, East Wyld Road, Weymouth. DORSET DT4 0RP
I hope that helps, Cheers, Mick Parker


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#6 2008-06-29 04:05:51

jaapiella
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Name: Scotty Dodd
From: Surrey/Hants border
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Posts: 64

Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Thanks Mick

I will send on with return postage - hopefully early next week. I leave for a field trip to the Isles of Scilly on Thursday to collect Formica rufibarbis ant queens for a current project - will try to send before i go, if not whn i return. Will put money or stamps in for return postage.

Much obliged and have a productive trip in Scotland.

Scotty

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#7 2008-07-23 17:03:17

jaapiella
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Name: Scotty Dodd
From: Surrey/Hants border
Registered: 2008-06-27
Posts: 64

Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Hi Mick

Sorry for delay with Myopa specimens I was delayed in Scilly due to bad weather and had to stay on for another week or so. Is it still convenient to send specimens to you?

Regards

Scotty

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#8 2008-07-23 19:26:08

Mick
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Name: Mick Parker
From: Weymouth, Dorset
Registered: 2008-02-20
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Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Hi Scotty,
Yeah, thats fine!, I can still check them out!
All the best, Mick


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#9 2008-07-25 02:13:19

jaapiella
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Name: Scotty Dodd
From: Surrey/Hants border
Registered: 2008-06-27
Posts: 64

Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Posted today Mick, first class and all. Return postage enclosed.

Winging their way to you etc etc yikes)

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Scotty

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#10 2008-08-02 16:10:00

jaapiella
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Name: Scotty Dodd
From: Surrey/Hants border
Registered: 2008-06-27
Posts: 64

Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

Hi Mick

Thanks for your assistance with the Myopa specimens - reassuring to see that I had reached the correct conclusion!

Regards

Scotty

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#11 2013-11-12 17:57:34

syrphus
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Name: Murdo Macdonald
From: Strathpeffer, Highland
Registered: 2009-07-30
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Re: Conopid Recording Scheme

A question about Conops quadrifasciatus.  The Gateway map (use the old one http://old-data.nbn.org.uk/gridMap/grid … 0100002560 as the wonderful new site is still not working) shows a very sharp cutoff at N Yorks/Lancs, and then nothing until Central Scotland.  We have it commonly in Highland.  Is the absence from N England real or down to recording effort/reporting/mapping?

I have had reason recently to consider disjunct distributions in various insects, and wonder if this is another (like Andrena marginata, Formica exsecta, F. sanguinea, Trichius fasciatus, where we are pretty sure that the mapped distributions are correct).

Murdo


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