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Anthomyiidae for ID
Darwyn Sumner
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Posted on 04-07-2019 09:14
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Nearest I could find in the Gallery is Hydrophoria linogrisea (https://diptera.i...to_id=7208) but I'm really not familiar with these.
Whitwell Common, UK 28/6/2019
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Tony Irwin
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I'd say this was Muscina levida (Muscidae)
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Darwyn Sumner
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Ouch! I got the wrong Family.
Still got to say it looks nothing like other images of Muscina levida (e.g. https://diptera.i...d_id=85418) to me.
Edited by Darwyn Sumner on 04-07-2019 10:05
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Hello Darwyn, the photo in that linked post contains a male M. levida. Males are very dark blue-grey (blue-gray). Females tend to be much lighter but not always. The bend in the m vein will lead you to Muscidae and particularly Muscina. Also note the rust-colored tip of the scutellum.
John and Nini. Naturalists not experts.
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I got this one wrong - it's Phaonia valida. (No presutural acrostichals, and bend in M not as marked as in M. levida)
Thanks to Pierre-Yves for the correction!
Edited by Tony Irwin on 09-07-2019 11:17
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