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Elachiptera austriaca

Observed: 4th February 2013 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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grant burleigh's picture

Elachiptera

Yes, it does look spot-on for E. bimaculata as per the Diptera.info.Gallery. The fact that the latter's two images were from Spain and Portugal doesn't mean that the fly is exclusive to these locations - we get rain on plains here too.

Mydaea's picture

E. bimaculata is not in the

E. bimaculata is not in the current UK Diptera dictionary. Post it on Diptera.info for an informed opinion.

jeremyr's picture

bimaculata

I put it on Diptera info and Dipterists forum first. Sara on D.info, who identified my first Elachiptera, has just responded to say that it is bimaculata. I've put it to her that that is not possible, and hope for a response

I think they're scared of flies this small on Dipterists forum, so a yawning silence

If there's a Chloropid recording scheme I'll try to track down whoever runs it

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austriaca

thanks for the link Mydaea.
I emailed the pics yesterday then by chance found myself seated beside Barbara Ismay at the Tachinid workshop today, with John also present, so I could hardly fail.

To be sure it's not an accidental bimaculata one would have to check the number of orbital bristles, but John reiterated that it's "almost certain" to be austriaca. Though a wetland species it's also found 'other places', such as the cemetery.

I released this specimen after some hours but will keep the next one, especially after tips on pinning and a look at John's amazing collection of tiny flies

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