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Here's a species of Ablabesmyia from the US, via Diptera.info:
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The link, a match indeed, for genus, pity about the cf.
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Re the Genus :
Fauna Europaea treats Karelia as a synonym of Ablabesmyia, rather than as a subgenus. It lists six species from Europe:
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) aspera (Roback 1959)
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) dusoleili Goetghebuer 1935
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) longistyla Fittkau 1962
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) mallochi (Walley 1925)
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) monilis (Linnaeus 1758)
Ablabesmyia (Ablabesmyia) phatta (Egger 1864)
Could you name the 3 UK species, please.
The Dipterists Forum checklist is the place to go for this. For Ablabesmyia see:
All the three would appear to be scarce, or under recorded. Links to distribution of the 3 UK species follows:
The NBN maps for Chironomidae will inevitably be misleading because there is no actual recording scheme for this family of flies, just a study group, and hence no-one is collating data and sending it to NBN.
I'm sure they are a hugely under-recorded group given the difficulty of ID, but without a recording scheme it's difficult to judge. Setting up a recording scheme would be a great challenge for someone to take on!
I invite the Open University to add the challenge of a Diptera Recording List to their curiculum Would/could that be a possibility..?
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