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A meeting of green flies

Post by MWP admin » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:25 pm

I thought this was a bit unusual !

I think the species is Lucilla sericata, but if it is something else, pls let me know.
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And more flies from my archive

Post by MWP admin » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34 pm

And here is some other unusual flies....
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Post by Sigra » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:55 pm

Great pictures !!!

Prosit!

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Post by AlanOuten » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:58 am

Hello Stepehn

I think your fly pale and tiny 3208 looks like a Tephritid and specically like a male Acanthophilus helianthi. The larvae of this feed on a variety of Asteraceae particularly Centaurea, Carduus, Carthamus, Sonchus etc. I get this species in my garden here in the UK. It normally shows a few scattered darker markings towards the back third of the wings but not always.

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:22 pm

Thank you Alan, I will include these flies in my website and credit you for the ID for that small fly. Yes it was sitting on an Asteraceae (off-hand I forgot which plant species). If the photos are good enough to identify the others, do not hesitate to share your opinion. Thanks for your email - i handle that soon.
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Post by MWP admin » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:33 pm

I was researching the fly in the last photo (PaleBrownGrayFly_IMG_0031.jpg) and found that Helina depuncta is a very good guess. What do you think ?
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Post by AlanOuten » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:21 am

Stephen you may like to register on http://www.diptera.info/ and then try posting your unknown fly images on there for identification by specialists. I get a lot of my European fly queries resolved that way.

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Post by MWP admin » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:28 am

Hi Alan, sorry for my absence, I am building an Amaranthus key and I am have some good trouble with the red flowering species - I might post them here. I was also very busy with the MaltaWildPlants.com update released last night. I have other sources of trouble at the moment too! I will catchup soon and thanks for the diptera.info website.
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