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Flies associated with Meloe
Susan R Walter
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Posted on 04-04-2019 20:26
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Any thoughts on what these small flies are, on and near a male Meloe violaceus? What might they be doing? I suspect the proximity isn't just a coincidence, I think they are deliberately accompanying or attracted to the beetle. Photo taken today, central lowland France.
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Juergen Peters
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Hello Susan,

I think, canthariphilous Ceratopogonidae. Atrichopogon?
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John Carr
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Subgenus Melohelea feeds on Meloidae. I can't be sure of ID from this photo.
Paul Beuk
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Posted on 05-04-2019 08:34
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With specimens in hand I could identify it...

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Susan R Walter
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Posted on 09-04-2019 20:27
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Thanks all for the ID suggestions. Paul -- I was with my walking group -- it's hard enough stopping to photograph something, much less capture a specimen ! :-)
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25.07.19 15:13
@Paul Beuk Thanks mate!! Best wishes!

22.07.19 15:09
Where are the meaning abbreviations of Lindner's series Die Fliegen der Palaearktischen Region, ie. f1: anterior femur, ...and what about "p"? (I don't possess volume I)

17.07.19 19:37
Yup, you can view the wing from above (dorsal side) and from beneath (ventral side).

16.07.19 13:31
Hey Dipterists! Quick Question: Vein r2+3 bare beneath. I've always assumed that this is below as in when you look at the wing flat. Am I right? Thank youuuuu! Pfft

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14.06.19 22:21
Thank you Elisabeth Wink

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11.06.19 14:22
Thanks to you also Paul.

04.06.19 13:15
But thanks!

04.06.19 13:14
Old? Young!

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