Thread subject: Diptera.info :: Pegomya, Sussex
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 18-05-2012 19:21
I haven't yet been right about this one (one wonder why I keep trying). But I'm fairly sure this is one I've mistakenly called Pegomya before...
Between windbreak (Birch?) and recently tilled field.
Bosham, West sussex
17 March 2012.
Apologies for poor quality of image. It wasn't mad keen on flash (unlike Tipulids, who seem to bask in it and thereby give me many more chances to get bad images).
Edited by Will van Niekerk on 19-05-2012 11:00
Posted by oxycera on 18-05-2012 20:53
Classic Pegomyia I would have thought.
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 18-05-2012 21:33
Thanks for the confirmation, also I'm unclear, is it Pegomya
? I seem to be seeing both spellings around.
Posted by Stephen R on 18-05-2012 23:33
It's actually Pegomya
, named by the etymologically-challenged Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Robineau-Desvoidy, who was also responsible for Hylemya
. -myia, -mya and -myza are all variants of the Greek word for fly (myia), and we are stuck with whatever spelling the original author chose.
Edited by Stephen R on 18-05-2012 23:39
Posted by John Carr on 19-05-2012 01:06
In some cases we can enjoy both spellings, e.g. Anthomyia
Posted by Will van Niekerk on 19-05-2012 11:00
I suppose when you've got to find unique names for however many thousand flies, it makes sense to make the most of your options.
And of course M. Robneau-Desvody left us something to remember him by (see what I did there?).
Thanks, updating title to suit.