plenty of these out after the rain and especially down near the lake
No interactions present.
Looks like pluvialis, but I don't see enough crassicornis to be certain. In case you've not seen them, have a look at Steven Falk's Flicker pages...superb (and reliable) pictures of hoverflies, horseflies and others for comparison...
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thanks for that, I haven't seen them. I need to use the faster pc down in Hackney tomorrow to access them properly - I wonder if I could find a species for my big tabanus http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/274764 I had a cursory look, perhaps cordiger.. but I know these flies really just through militant avoidance rather than study so far..
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not crassicornis. Like many people I'm sure I've had a good look at the clegs that land on me over the years and it's always been this one, never a darker species. The only ones different from this that I've encountered are clearly Tabanus. Also apparently crassicornis don't bite, this specimen hopped onto my arm and started drilling through clothing, unaware that I had a second layer on which gave me time to get a couple of shots before flicking it away. The pictures, which I discarded, show the biting equipment extending into the fabric. Would it help next time if I did provide pictures of it actually biting? I'm guessing there'd be little objection to this, even if it doesn't necessarily aid ID..
Pretty damn sure I have been bitten by it!!
This morning was a shocker for pluvialis, so many that I took a few specimens just to check I was not missing anything else. Horseflies are hard to identify often and you have to take specimens to be certain of the species.
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