This fly was very common on Ragwort, this morning. Wings much longer than body, which was only about 5mm long. Flies with a very jerky, hovering flight around the flower before settling.
No interactions present.
Next time the sun shines (!), I shall go back and net a couple to look at properly.
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"yellowish caylpterae with a number of longer hairs in the fringe (just below the wing), this with the all black legs.."
from this posting:
See also Lonchaeid site:
(Setisquamalonchaea is apparently now Silba)
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I don't see how this could actually overrule John's id though it seems to have done, perhaps it will adjust later. If you don't like the look of this species just add an agreement to the family
Thanks, Jeremy, I suspect you are right. I have since got the key and looked closer at the family and recorded S. fumosa at this site several times.
Lat/Lng: 53.92239259254, -0.84580510854721
OS grid ref: SE758479
Forestry Commission plantation being returned to wooded heathland