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Leopoldius signatus (male)

Observed: 15th September 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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signatus

Very jealous. What was the location...was it on Ivy, for example?

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location

the fly was found on a leaf on the ground near the stream crossing, marked in red, and the satellite view shows the precise position beside the woods. Can't see any ivy around in the immediate area

Does it appear to 'key out' ok, I think I kept getting stuck on length of snout, for lack of a comparison?

Last Saturday now seeming like a last blast of the year, the temperature having dropped now. A few things out tuesday, Machimus, Rhingia, but no Thick-headed flies nor the more plentiful woodland robberflies. The difference between 17 and 19 degrees seems quite significant - plus it's been horribly dry

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signatus

Seems to key out, yes. Yellow facial ridges, but dark on central keel. Black on top of hind femur. Short fleshy proboscis.

Very nice indeed. Thanks for details of locality...helps in knowing the sorts of places to look. I live in hope, up here in the north! Checking out lots of ivy, but no joy, so far...

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Feedback from David Clements

from Dave Clements email response after viewing these images,

"The male of the rarer brevirostris is very similar and the two cannot easily be separated without close examination (and sometimes not even then!) but the absence of facial markings and the strong femoral markings are most suggestive of signatus."

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