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Lindneromyia dorsalis

Observed: 26th August 2013 By: jeremyrjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebrates
Lindneromyia dorsalis
Lindneromyia dorsalis 2
from 'The Flat-footed Flies of Europe' by Peter Chandler, Brill, 2001, p. 247

A tiny male fly running about on a large leaf in the University garden. This family of flies breeds in various fungi and Lindneromyia has a preference for Agaricus:
a dk female

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a Flat-footed Fly (Lindneromyia dorsalis) interacts


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UK Flat-footed Flies 34 species


nigra Female Male (Meigen, 1830)



antennata Female Male (Zetterstedt, 1819)
cinerea Female Male (Zetterstedt, 1852)
collini (Verrall, 1901)
elegantula (Fallén, 1815)
falleni Female Male (Zetterstedt, 1819)
lundbecki Chandler 1985)
sexmaculata (von Roser, 1840)
unicolor Female Male (Oldenberg, 1928)
viduella (Zetterstedt, 1838)
wankowiczii (Schnabl,1884)
woodella (Chandler 1985)

Callomyia Meigen, 1804
amoena (Meigen, 1824)
dives (Zetterstedt, 1838)
elegans (Meigen, 1804)
speciosa (Meigen, 1824)


collarti (Chandler, 2001)
pallipes (Meigen, 1830
pectipennis (Meigen, 1830)
straeleni (Collart, 1954)
vrydaghi (Collart, 1954)


furcatus (Fallén, 1826)

dorsalis Female Male (Meigen, 1804)

atra Female Male (Meigen, 1804)
bicincta (Szilády, 1941)

aterrima (Walker, 1836)
consobrina Female Male (Zetterstedt, 1844)
fasciata (Meigen, 1804)
hirticeps (Verrall, 1901)

ornata Female Male (Meigen, 1838)
picta Female Male (Meigen, 1830)

modesta Female Male (Zetterstedt, 1844)
rufa Female Male (Meigen, 1830)

obscuripennis (Oldenberg, 1916)

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Being brave and finding time to check the web, I have agreed. I can't get very deep into flies though.
This sort of post deserves far more attention and comments, even questions, from the many naturalists 'in' iSpot.

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So - how do you feel now, about my agreement?
At the time, after after a short (almost overnight!) stay in the Web-dungeon, I felt secure enough.
I may be less certain now, after your other, more recent posts but I still feel secure in YOUR analyses and key-outs "..the male wing is distinctive..".
It still amazes me that Naturalists (there must be a few on iSpot) seem to avoid these complex ID issues (a few of mine in Marines) and also feel they cannot comment.
Why is this fly absolutely mad?


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all of my Platypezids, Pipunculids, Syrphids, Conopids, Tachinids etc have been either identified or checked by the expert who runs their recording scheme, so you can feel safe with your agreements. Platypezids in particular seem to be more of a southern thing, and it's true that few people seem to have the book on this family. It costs about 45 pounds so would put some off, but it's a fantastic work and I do think this is a good 'easy' family for beginners, especially the sub-family Platypezinae which has just 13 species.

As to them tearing about, I think it might be a way of avoiding being a target - when they rest it's at the tip or edge of a leaf, and their behaviour has been matched with peaks in bird activity. So they come out in the morning and have a lunch break at midday!

As it happens a female hatched this morning from some soil I kept in a pot at home so at the moment I've got one as a pet

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even cooler

J. You added a wingpic I think. Amazing.
I see now that you are using your phone as a light table - have you experimented much? Used different rulers apps?
See mine Pics. 10 & 11.

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you've lost me there, do you mean a 'smart phone', one of those handheld marketing computers which includes a poor quality telephone and sterile jargon etc - not me, my phone makes calls and nowt else. No doubt you have something fangled.. book and screen shots I just do with my slr camera - but your shots are excellent :)

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I misread photo No 3. I really looks like the screen of a 'modern' phone and an app(lication) that puts a mm scale on the screen.
Oh well, who cares!

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it sounds clever.

- am still looking out for some contemporary diptera from Ørkney..... anything at all

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OK, I'll try soon..

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there are 4 places left on the free hoverfly course on Orkney that Roger and Stuart are doing

not to be missed

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