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Neuroctena anilis - a Fly

Observed: 10th September 2011 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrates
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This is a bit of an experiment, I am interested to know if these photo's give enough information to ID.
If not what else would be needed?

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I think an ID is possible from these photos, and in general terms it's great to have a set of views from various angles as you've done here. The problem is that you need to see different things for different types of fly - for some it is wing venation that is critical, for others leg bristles, for others head bristles, etc. etc.

In this case it would have been nice to have a clear shot of the antennae, and although you have shown the wings the lighting and focus don't quite allow the veins and bristles to be seen clearly, so my identification is based in part on general appearance rather than actually being able to key it out.

One of the features of this species is the presence of two clear bristles above the front coxa (top part of the front leg, where it joins the thorax), and these can be seen clearly in your second photo.

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lpearce's picture

Thanks Harvey

Not sure if they help but have added three more photo's that are a bit clearer.

Les Pearce
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