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Downlooker Snipe Fly

Observed: 27th May 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in Invertebrates
Downlooker Snipe Fly Rhagio scolopaceus
Description:

Several of these hunting from riverbank umbels kept darting out and landing on me as I tried to get clear shots! Patterned wings make this scolopaceus think.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Antennae

You can just about make out the pointed 3rd antennal segment which separates it from R. strigosus (which is also very rare), which has that segment rounded.

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Snipe fly ID

Many thanks for the ID detail on scolopaceus; I do tend to assume things are common, but it helps to know what to look for to rule out / rule in scarce species. Did you get a chance to look at my poor shot posted the same day http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/265804?nav=users_observations of what I think may be R. tringarius? I'm not sure if the habiat is right or how to be sure of that one. I hope to get more/better pics but they're really hard to get close to.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.