Thick-headed fly, parasitic upon bumble bees
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found one of these yesterday, couldn't quite believe it
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Sicus is a nice fly, but a bit ugly! In a month or so the bright species like Conops flavipes and Conops quadrifasciatus will be around. Look for them on Creeping Thistle and Ragwort...awesome flies!
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I'll be looking out for those flies.
In the same 5 x 5 metre square of sown meadow, a black, stubby fly with pinkish spotted eyes and a dipped vein, an odd fly like a slightly smaller, dark drone fly type but with clear white banding, what I think is Ilione albiseta, my first helophilus, a xantho. on a flower, other new ones I can't recall - can't process my pics till tuesday.
My question if you have time is, can I regard this location as 'coastal' because the river Lea 6 metres away is tidal, properly so, up to but not really beyond this spot - the river goes back and forth just as the Thames does, we have mitten crabs washed up etc. So when a fly 'tends to be coastal', can I factor that in to some degree..?
Sounds to me as if you can call that coastal, but the issue of naming habitat is difficult and often the available choice seems not quite to fit. I'd go with what seems right to you. Six metres from a tidal river sounds coastal to me. Your spotty eyed fly with a dipped vein sounds like an Eristalinus?
Amazing place you have there!
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