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Yellow Fly (ID?)

Observed: 23rd July 2012 By: EsklingEskling’s reputation in InvertebratesEskling’s reputation in InvertebratesEskling’s reputation in InvertebratesEskling’s reputation in Invertebrates
Yellow Fly
Description:

Somerset trip: Small fly with yellow body.
(Considered Turnip sawfly but it doesn't seem quite right.)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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NBN Gateway

Thank you for the ID. I did a NBN Gateway search but it changed the name to Sciara hemerobioides. Looks like the same fly.

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thomae

Yes, used to be hemerobioides, but now thomae.

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Sciara

Is this the only species that has the bright yellow abdomen? I've seen flies like this several times but have never known whether it is safe to record them as S. thomae.

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Sciara

According to the checklist on Dipterists Forum, there are 7 Sciara. Interestingly, it has hemerobioides as the current name, rather than thomae. For some reason, I thought it had changed back? Roger Morris identified one on here as thomae, recently, and when I checked in Freeman's RES Sciarid guide, I got the impression that thomae was the only possibility (not altogether clear, though, as the key does not concentrate on colour).

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