Wandering over a Buddleia leaf
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It used to be called Megamerina loxocerina (Fallen)
"This species.. resembles an Ichneumonid wasp in form and behaviour while running about on the foliage of shrubs. There are no records from Wales, Scotland or Ireland and most localities are in old woodland areas except in the London suburbs, where it occurs in parks and gardens."
from 'Notes on the British Status of Three Unusual Acalypterate Flies (Diptera)' by Peter Chandler, Proceedings of the BENHS 1975
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Thanks very much for that. I did at first think I was looking at the Crossocerus sp. of wasp that formed part of a previous post of mine: “Hymenopterans mating in an ivy bank” - to iSpot 5th June 2013.
I have been harbouring a certain unease as to whether “mimicry” is the right word to use these days and whether it might be more accurate to say than certain developmental modules, with strong visual impact for us, tend to be expressed over more than one insect order. The orders that I can immediately think of are the Diptera, Hymenoptera and Coleoptera.
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