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Empis - not scutellata but dimidiata
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Posted on 17-06-2021 14:24
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According to the partly yellow antennae and the short first antennal segment I consider this male Empis scutellata. As far as I know there is no other member of subgenus Xanthempis that has such antennae. Seen in southwestern Germany (50 km west of Stuttgart) on 12th June.
Thanks for comments, Sundew
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Edited by Sundew on 24-06-2021 01:56
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Posted on 21-06-2021 03:43
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Do you agree?
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Posted on 22-06-2021 07:12

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This is Empis (Leptempis) dimidiata Meigen.
Best wishes,

Igor Shamshev
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Posted on 24-06-2021 01:55
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Dear Igor, what a surprise! So this yellow one belongs to Leptempis. The species is said to be rare and endangered in Germany. I do not know any literature about it; is there a European Leptempis key where it is included? In Chvala (1994) it is not mentioned.
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Posted on 25-06-2021 19:39

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There is no modern key for this complex of species. It includes three very similar European species (all with yellow mesoscutum and a median vitta): E. dimidiata Mg., E. mesogramma Loew and E. divisa Loew. You could find them in Lindner's "Die Fliegen, S. 401" (Rhagionempis =Leptempis), where E. monogramma Meig. = E. mesogramma Lw. and E. scutellariae Bezzi = E. dimidiata Mg.
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Posted on 27-06-2021 15:22
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Many thanks for the detailed answer!
Regards, Sundew
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