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thanks, i see them flashing there wings lots to
Sepsis fulgens is a small ant-mimicking fly sometimes called the "lesser dung fly", whilst vistting for a plant meal from flowers they are more often associated with dung so there where likely some newl;l released Spring Moos or Sheep in the area or a farm etc. These usually move in small circles on the leaf . Nice shot and a tricky macro these are small
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This fly differs substantially from the one in the link - just compare leg colour and stigma shape. There are 12 Sepsis spp. in the current NHM dictionary, most of them widespread in Britain. I am not clear why this one should be considered likely to be S. fulgens.
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I have started looking at Sepsids near to me and have been keying out a lot recently. cynipsea is far and away the commonest at at the moment, for me. What is clear from keying them out is how you cannot do it from a photo very easily, as the differences are really very slight indeed.
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What key do you use? Is it available on-line?
I treated myself to The Sepsidae of Europe by Adrian Pont for my birthday! About 60 quid from Pemberley Books! Worth every penny, though.
I had more in mind a few pages for the UK species, so I will leave them until I get competent in Muscids and Calliphorids (my project for 2012 - and probably some years beyond that!).
See if you can get some Sepsis next time you are in KLB. We have only a series from Skye from Philip Entwistle and another from E Ross from Bill Ely in the '80s in the HBRG set. Seven spp. in all.
I hope to go up to KLB in June for a few days, so I shall see what I can find, certainly. I shall let you now.
As pointed out above Pont's RES key (Vol X, Partc 5(c)) to Sepsidae is the standard work for the UK, but you'll need a specimen under a microscope to work it. Also mentioned by Dioctra
I am not sure how you concluded on the Stigma as its oblique due to camera / wing angle . And as always colours from photographic images are unrelable due to white balance flash and other factors
A little unrelated but there is a useful doc on General Entomology Keying here for any one new to the rigors of i-spot (Page 542 General wing structure Sepsid)
there was a large Sepsid (no dark wing-spot) walking about in the woods a few weeks ago, before the others started to emerge. It was much bigger, not quite wood ant size, and I wondered if there's a particular large early species that it's likely to be
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Nemopoda nitidula is a possibility, or a Themira? Some Sepsids display quite large size variation, species like Sepsis punctum having very large, pale individuals...there were lots of those around earlier in the year on my local site.
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