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Mythicomyiidae from Portugal :)
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Posted on 01-07-2009 02:08
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Hi to all!

So long time I didn't post here SO I will begin to share with you one fantastic fly I found in Apulia... It is another freakin' Mythicomyiidae - one of my favourite families - in Asteraceae (?) flower... Is it correct, Sundew? Grin

This is not so fantastic as the creamy yellow that Cor shoot in Turkey: !!! That mythicomyiid is just unbelievable! Smile

And here comes the portuguese mythicomyiid. It has about 3 mm. It is an Empidideicus hackmani. Is it right, David? Wink

To see it bigger go here:
Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 01-07-2009 02:11
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Posted on 01-07-2009 09:13
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jorgemotalmeida wrote:
It is an Empidideicus hackmani. Is it right, David? Wink

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Posted on 01-07-2009 10:41
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Smile nice. These tiny flies are commoner than I thought!
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Hi Jorge,
Fine that you are back, and with such great flies! Of course this is an Asteraceae flowerhead, but to say more is daring. The little beast sits on a hermaphroditic ray floret, which points to subfamily Cichorioideae. However, to be sure, check if the corolla consists of 3 or 5 fused petals (the number of the free tips is decisive). 5 is Cichorioideae, and in this case all florets should show the same construction and there should be no disc florets. If so, we then have the choice between about 3.200 species... Grin (Not all occur in Portugal, of course Grin!)
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Posted on 03-07-2009 10:25
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Thanks David and Sundew. If I recall well, there were 5 fuse petals. I will confirm this later. Maybe it helps if I say that this flower was found in sand dunes.
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