Picture-wing fly photographed in suburban Leicester garden in August 2008. Apologies for poor photo.
No interactions present.
It certainly looks good for this - maybe arrived in some Mediterranean fruit & veg?
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Thanks Murdo, you might be right. I guess every distribution needs a caveat for international travel/commerce these days. :)
One other possibility that occurred to me was a southerly weather event of the kind that brings a lot of insects across the channel. Though I'm not sure Tephritids would be robust enough to survive the journey.
Confirmed on diptera.info by Valery Korneyev.
Further digging shows that Falk (1991) included it as an RDB1 species and there have been some more recent records from the South coast suggesting it is becoming established. Interestingly, there was also another VC55 record in 2008.
Falk, S.J. (1991) A review of the scarce and threatened flies of Great Britain (Part 1). Research & Survey in Nature Conservation No. 39. Nature Conservancy Council.
Jones, R. (2004) Tephritis praecox (Loew)(Diptera, Tephritidae) established in Britain. Dipterists Digest 11 (1): 16
Aggregate Industries (2009) Bardon Hill Quarry Extension – Terrestrial Invertebrates – Baseline Survey and Evaluation – November 2009 – 403-0275-00089/TInv (link)
Lat/Lng: 52.6, -1.2
OS grid ref: SK5501