a common fly in woodland
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Keep posting them, Jeremy...makes a change from endless Eristalis.
Not had a chance to look for a fly of any type for ages, now. Today is the first free day in a fortnight....and it is pouring down, of course. Might have to start tiling that kitchen wall, then...
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nothing like a bit of grouting to take your mind off the weather. Yesterday cleared up late afternoon so I could go Platypezid hunting, with success. This morning the expected downpour looks put off by half a day of sunshine, quite cold but I'll have another go.
Update: a reasonable haul in the hour before it started raining, I'll post a few
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I like the link to your Platypezids. A useful way to present a family of flies.
Any tips for finding the family? I just don't see them; might be because they are not here, but might be because I am not looking in the right places.
for certain Platypezids look on any patches of Agaricus mushrooms. It'll seem obvious but the fungal host seems to be the way forward, for females at least. With the odd male or female in hedgerows nearby, usually much more active but confined to the area of an individual leaf, even if it's a small one. They might hop onto another leaf but they'll then stay within its perimeter, so these aren't too bad for getting pictures before potting up. They do hare about but pause sometimes, and seem much more reliable than Phorids for example.
Thanks, Jeremy. Actually have a couple of days off and looks quite nice, so I shall give it a go...Leopoldius to look for in vain as well, though!
I wondered if you'd come across any. I'm looking on and around Ivy near water or anywhere damp, wherever there are broad flat leaves near damp areas. They're easy to spot as they're usually haring about on those surfaces, and the fungi they're associated with presumably need the moisture
An underrated family I think
I just had a look at Andrew Grayson's Platypezid records for Yorkshire vice counties, and for VC61 the only species recorded since 1960 is Bolopus furcatus (and only two others before that). I suspect more might be here, as VC63 has far more species recorded. It does suggest that my lack of a single specimen is not a surprise, though. I can think of possible sites, based on your habitat suggestions...just need a bit of sun and some time off. Mind you, if there were any at my local Allerthorpe Common, I reckon the Rev. Fordham would have found them back in the 20s. It reinforces the fact that species diversity quickly falls away as you travel north, I suppose.
A remarkable dearth of records. It's the one family I'd have thought were everywhere as they like lower temperatures and cloudy skies
Up here, Lindneromyia dorsalis is only recorded for Yorkshire (VCs 61-65) from VC63; Platypeza consobrina from VC63 (64 pre 1960). Polyporivora picta only from VC63. The most widespread Yorkshire Platypezid appears to be Protoclythia modesta, which has post 1960 records from VCs 63,64 and 65. There are 18 different species of the family recorded for Yorkshire. Clearly, someone has recorded them widely in VC63 (possibly John Coldwell, who looks in at iSpot occasionally?).
I must make more effort with them; but I do suspect that lowland, and largely unwooded, VC61 will not have many.
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