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Empis (Xanthempis) scutellata

Observed: 10th May 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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Description:

A large bright orange-pink fly on nettles

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scutellata

The short first antennal joint, indistinct dark central thorax stripe and black prothoracic spiracle all look right for scutellata. Time of year fits, too.

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scutellata

I quite accept it's most likely on the authority of your agreement Ian but thought I'd show it off on DF all the same. It's proving a trickier family than expected but I'm gathering plenty of black-legged specimens at least. I confess I thought this one might be 'newly-hatched'

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Empididae

Nice family to get into and the yellow Xanthempis species are very attractive. Sticking it on DF is an excellent idea...you'll get some proper expertise!

Still very few flies round here, and very little ground vegetation up, but a decent warm spell and it should all kick off (I hope...).

What are out and about at the moment are quite a lot of the small Scathophagids...Nanna, for example. Swept four species of those a couple of days ago, from grass beside a stream. Worth looking for...fasciata, in particular, is everywhere, at the moment.

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Empids

it was under the very same nettle-leaf this morning, so I've collected it.
There was also a tiny 4mm black Empid in the woods, which I photographed but failed to catch, though an odd little fly nearby 3-4mm which looked Empid/Bibio-like, which I did get.

Argyra everywhere, never seen so many dolis, so I got a few pairs, a few Rhaphium, and others. Truth is I failed to get the wee Empid as I couldn't decide which tubes to empty in favour of it.. I can't imagine how many specimen pots a proper dipterist would be carrying around

Dung flies of all sizes, sometimes very small indeed - should I be looking more closely at those? They all look quite furcata-like really, mostly woodland flies

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Too many...!

You get to the stage where you really need to concentrate on one particular family, at least for a while, I suppose. I'm looking at Bibionidae and Scathophagidae mainly, at the moment...largely because there is nothing else around, here, though! ;(

Empids are nice and not too difficult, generally, (though those little ones need good light for judging acrostichals and so on). Give them a go!

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scutellata

a nice one of these perched out in the open on a leaf today. Spotted from 2 metres, only got a distant shot

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digramma

...is the only yellow species I am finding at the moment, on oak flowers.

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yellow species

not sure I've heard yet of looking on oak flowers. This one is distinctly pink by the way, rather than yellow, though I know the key describes it so

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