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Spiny-handed Dung Fly

Observed: 31st August 2012 By: jeremyrjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebrates
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plumose arista - SM-Lux 10x objective
Description:

A fly with 'spiny hands' (spini-manum) found along the bridleway near the hoverfly spot

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a Spiny-handed Dung Fly (Norellisoma spinimanum) interacts

Comments

grant burleigh's picture

Aristae

Is type of arista related to the distance at which a fly can detect volatiles?

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arista

I hope that question's not for me Grant.
I'm just glad this first attempt is usable - the head fell off, then the antennae fell off, leaving this tiny dot, so I've also made my first slide. And to finally get it onto ispot as a species, of course.

I think there are two other smaller species which in contrast have a 'pubescent' arista

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arista

Was just musing really. I think I read that Eristalis can travel a long way to flowers and, with so many Eristalis currently, around, have been starting to wonder how they do it.