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Samian beefly

Observed: 28th July 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in Invertebrates
Exoprosopa pandora, Samos, Greece,
Exoprosopa pandora, Samos, Greece,

I think this pretty beefly from Samos (within sight of the Turkish mainland) has to be Exoprosopa pandora. Impossible to separate reliably from P. jacchus without detailed inspection, but it fits this image from Turkey very well and the location suggests pandora:

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No interactions present.


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Can't comment on the ID, but a very smart fly.


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Greek Beeflies

Thanks - the islands of Lesbos and Samos have a number of large, dramatic species, many of them from Turkey rather than Europe, but finding definite IDs can be challenging!

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.

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I photographed ,what looks to be the same insect species, in Lesbos a couple of years ago and came to the same conclusions on ID.

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Turkish Beefly

OK, many thanks.

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I have a picture ( a few) of a very similar looking beast in Toronto Ontario Canada. The insect sat still for 30 min and let me take video and pictures with my phone and didn't move other than to shoe its wings. Presumably it is very tired and sunning itself.

could this be the same Samian Beefly or is there a north american equiv?


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Canadian Beeflies

Hi Derek, The one I took a pic of on Samos is only found in Greece, southern Balkans, Turkey and North Africa (see so yours must be different, but it may well be from the same genus. Exoprosopa species are found around the world and there are masses in N.America; there is a big gallery of images here: Many look quite similar, but the wing patterns are often quite distinctive and you may find a match. If you get really stuck, or want to check an ID, a really good specialist website for true flies is and if you post images there, you may get a beefy expert (I'm not…) commenting on your post and confirming or giving an ID. Species with strongly patterned wings make an ID more likely, but many beeflies are impossible to ID to species from pics alone and may need microscopic examination.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.