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Lonchaea? Or Silba?
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Posted on 04-07-2022 03:12
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Yesterday I saw a small black fly, probably a Lonchaea, on a Salix shrub by a brook. Iain recently identified from my photos a member of the L. chorea species group (https://diptera.i..._id=106466), could this fly also belong to it? The locality is southwest Germany, 20 km west of Stuttgart.
Support is much appreciated! Sundew
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Edited by Sundew on 15-07-2022 18:55
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More pics.
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Posted on 08-07-2022 08:47
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It is difficult - but I would guess that due to this specimen being rather large and broad and with relatively long antennae that it is Silba fumosa
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Posted on 15-07-2022 18:52
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Ah - that's interesting! Here is another fly in better light, feasting on bird droppings. It had some greenish/bluish shine, too. Is Silba more probable in this case?
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Two more pictures. These little ones are really difficult to photograph.
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