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#1 2016-06-28 17:45:04

Andy Adcock
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Name: Array Array
Registered: 2016-06-28
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Russian Fly?

Apologies, my first post and I know this isn't British but I can't seem to see where else to post an ID request for a non British species?

I'm in St Petersburg, Russia and walk every day on sandy, boggy, heath and yesterday I got this insect which I can't ID, can anyone tell me what it is?

Thanks, Andy


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#2 2016-06-28 18:31:55

anymarks
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Name: Neil Marks
From: Norfolk
Registered: 2009-08-07
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Re: Russian Fly?

Hi Andy

Very reminiscent of Laphria flava (Asilidae) Robberfly. We get them in Uk but only in Scottish Highlands (they also occur in Sweden)

Can't vouch for your particular specimen, but it may be a good starting point

Regards, Neil

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#3 2016-06-28 18:37:58

Andy Adcock
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Re: Russian Fly?

Many thanks indeed Neil, I had thought it looked like a Robber Fly.

Regards, Andy

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#4 2016-06-28 20:45:51

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
From: Shrewsbury
Registered: 2008-02-27
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Re: Russian Fly?

Andy, the best place for international Diptera identification help is definitely www.diptera.info


Nigel Jones
Shropshire

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#5 2016-06-29 11:44:46

KenMerrifield
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Name: Ken Merrifield
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Re: Russian Fly?

Also Asilidae specialist Fritz Geller-Grimm has a web site that may help-
http://www.geller-grimm.de/asilidae.htm

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#6 2016-06-29 17:01:21

malcolmsmart
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Name: Malcolm Smart
From: Wolverhampton
Registered: 2008-02-26
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Re: Russian Fly?

This certainly a male Laphria species and among the European Laphria only L. flava looks like this. That species is known throughout Northern Europe and Russia.
Malcolm

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