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Sepsis orthocnemis?

Observed: 10th October 2013 By: Steve_VSteve_V’s reputation in InvertebratesSteve_V’s reputation in InvertebratesSteve_V’s reputation in InvertebratesSteve_V’s reputation in Invertebrates
Sepsis orthocnemis?
Armillaria mellea 2
Description:

Sepsidae fly sitting on honey fungus with characteristic raised wings with distinctive spot. Cross-vein is just visible in the pic. Very small, perhaps no more than 3mm. Second pic added to show the fungus - the little guy is there if you really look!

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ophrys's picture

Sepsis

To go any further, you need a specimen, and preferably a male, as the genitalia and the features of the fore femora are fairly distinctive. A difficult genus from photos!

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jeremyr's picture

fungi

lots of stuff on or around Honey fungus at the moment, or in woodland nearby. And Smoky Bracket, and Ganoderma. This looks more like a Parasol, though perhaps you've lightened it. Would you happen to have a wider shot?

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Fungi pic added

I do hope you won't have to ruin my street cred by telling me this isn't Honey Fungus.....

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host

it seems to have a scaly cap, like a Lepiota. The stuff on which I found 3 'diagnostic' species has a smooth cap, slimy when wet. Maybe it's another Armillaria species, though mellea is the one you want. But there are Flat-foots that use Lepiota anyway, so it's all good..

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Honey

I trawled a local woodland/meadowy site today and checked loads of fungi, including Honey fungus, but all I could find were plentiful fungus gnats, Suillia variegata and Neuroctena anilis...no sign of a flat-foot at all. I shall keep looking...

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larvae

I brought home some pieces of mellea cap with maggots in today (and a new male Agathomyia). The fungus was starting to go off and the maggots seem reasonably advanced, some with clearer spikes around the sides, and I've matched them in the book with P. consobrina. I'd certainly suggest taking home some larvae to rear.

Here are my Lindneromyia larvae (scroll down for the hatchlings) with the more advanced maggots and puparium showing their tell-tale patterns of spikes http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t3427-mushroom-maggots-flat-feet.html

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larvae update

3 Anthomyiids hatched this morning, from the Honey Fungus

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maggots

Very useful shots...thanks. I shall see whether I can find any...I have a few days off, so one final push!

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