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Fly 16098

Observed: 9th May 2013 By: Wildlife Ranger
Freshwater Environment & Ecology Trust
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Description:

A small Fly with a purple blue irredescent abdomen and a distinct black shiny scutellum Small 7 -9 mm estimated

Identifications
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Comments

dejayM's picture

why not..

That it is a fly (diptera) has no doubts attached, which is why I have agreed to this not Joe's yet ((ChrisR's Either Muscidae or Anthomyiidae, I think) is no help)
But are you no nearer?
Why should a creature with such identifiable features not be illustrated in/on the web or in any of your expensive books?
ðj

jeremyr's picture

because..

there are simply so many similar. It would need to be under a microscope just to establish the family

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Wildlife Ranger's picture

Mystery Fly

It just underlies the fact about how much we dont know about Nature and.... (perhaps the book hasn't been written )

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dejayM's picture

dungeons

Thanks - I guess I knew what you'd say. But this has such a strong 'angular' abdomen that you ought to be able to get nearer. For instance (ignoring their distribution and colouration) the fruit flies seem to have this feature.
Surely the iridescence you mention is (refraction) in the wings not from the body (in the pictures); the closeness of the dark body stops light getting through the wings (perhaps).
I've just spent 40 minutes in the Web dungeon. Nothing of course.
But this site is a delight - yes?
http://www.tuin-thijs.com/indexengels.htm

I am intrigued because there are the two (apparently!) identical flies in iSpot.
I know next to nothing about Fly ID (as if you cannot tell)!
But...
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/331010
will not be my last - promise!