Thread subject: :: Tachinid and another

Posted by Zeegers on 25-07-2005 09:18

Hi Martin (and Chris),

The upper one looks like Eriothrix, but is actually is Mintho rufiventris.
The long legs give it away, as do the conspicuously compressed fore-tarsi (well visible on the picture), a general feature of (female) Minthoini. Also, the long appendix to the bend of vein R4+5 is characteristic. Eriothrix has a projecting mouthmargin, Mintho doesn't.

The second one is a female Stomorhina lunata, a very aberrant Calliphoridae. Typically an autumn species. It has been found regularly in Central Europe only for the last 10 years or so. It is also highly migratory. The larvae live from eggs of grasshoppers.

Theo Zeegers