5mm fly on a blade of Cleavers
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yes, it was the venation that had me stumped, that and those unreasonable bristles, not to mention the absurd head/abdomen size ratio
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I am not sure why this should be Muscidae. There are not many in that family that have a forward-swept discal vein, and none of these that I know of look like this.
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Muscidae was just a suggestion as some genera eg Morellia and other Muscinae have venation quite similar to this, to my eyes anyway, though this isn't a Morellia. I think this will be tough to be sure of as few seem to bother to try and ID small flies, which is why I suggested posting it on Diptera.info where many expert subscribers love this kind of challenge!
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Would Phania be a reasonable suggestion?
- with possibly funesta as a species?
I would say it might be pretty close. I stopped short of doing the ID as Tachinidae, but that was my feeling. Wait until Matt drops in - he will give a verdict we can rely on.
The bristles made me think of Tachinidae at first, but the wing veins didn't look kinked enough, but Phania funesta does look a very good match.eg http://www.biolib.cz/en/image/id180337/ Tachinids can be really hard to ID to species though, including Phania it seems.http://diptera.info/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=27458&pid=122332 but Phania sp. looks good to me.
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