Thread subject: :: Favourite flies

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 05-09-2007 22:25


I would like to hear which are the favourites SPECIES of yours! It could be for aesthetic reasons or something very peculiar on biology/ecology of the fly, or for some other special reason. You can choose 10 favourites (it is not obligatory to fill 10 species. It can be more or less!). I choose 15 flies so far (2007.09.05)

I begin... and I will update when I will know some more new species. I will attach links for photos of the species. You can choose other flies besides Palearctic ones. ;)

(no special order below. All are in the same level.)

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Ulidiidae - Dorycera sp. -- Photo by
Dimitri Geystor

Plastystomatidae - Rivellia syngenisae - Photo by Rafael Estevez

Mythicomyiidae - Cephalodromia sp. (?) - Photo By Javier G?llego

Oestridae (Hypodermatidae) - Portschinskia loewi - - Photo by Theo Zeegers (?)

Nemestrinidae - Nemestrinus sp. (?) - Photo by Joaquin Portela

Stratiomyidae - Nemotelus pantherinus -
- Photo by Dima (awesome photo!)

Diopsidae - Teleopsis sp. - - Photo by Nikita Vikhrev

Acroceridae - Cyrtus gibbus - - Photo by Jorge Almeida

Conopidae - Myopa picta - - Photo by Jorge Almeida

Nycteribiidae - Undetermined species - - Photo by Jorge Almeida

Neriidae - Odontoloxozus longicornis - - Photo by Stephen Cresswell

Conopidae - Stylogaster sp. - - Photo by Robin McLeod

Bombyliidae - Lepidophora lutea -
- Photo by Craves

Ulidiidae - Callopistromyia annulipes - - Photo by Tom Dang

Ulidiidae - Trytoxa flepa - - Photo by Chris Wirth

It is extremely hard to make choices of the most interesting/awesome dipters... :) I'm almost sure that no one will choose Hippboscidae. :)

There are much more... I will update more later (the updates will be between the asterik **)

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 05-09-2007 23:39

Posted by Isidro on 12-09-2007 14:35

My favourite fly is Milesia crabroniformis, and also the Leptomydas and Nemestrinus...

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 12-09-2007 23:53

one more for the list:
Mycteromyia eriodes (Tabanidae). See here -->

Posted by crex on 13-09-2007 06:38

Jorge, I think it's easier if you mention what flies you don't like ;)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 13-09-2007 10:57

it is impossible, crex. :P

But I'm sure all of us have favourite flies. I know the choice is not that easy.

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 13-09-2007 10:59

Posted by Iolaire on 13-09-2007 13:11

I don't really have one or ten favourite flies. I like the Sepsidae because they always seem to wave at me when I'm photographing them!:D

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 13-09-2007 14:36

Iolaire, remember that waving wings is not exclusive for Sepsidae. For example, Ulidiidae, Platystomatidae also can wave their wings.

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 13-09-2007 16:46

Posted by Iolaire on 13-09-2007 16:44

Jorge, You're completely right. As I have seen just today! I saw a very colourful little fly (orangy with spotted wings) in my garden just a few minutes ago. I'll upload the picture for ID later on.

But I'll stay with Sepsidae as one of my favourite flies. They're so tiny and they look as if they're enjoying themselves. Hmmm, I guess it's quite hard to explain really...:D

Posted by conopid on 15-09-2007 18:32

Probably the syrphid Sericomyia silentis;)

Posted by Tony Irwin on 15-09-2007 19:16

Apart from any number of small ephydrids, I think my favourite is a male Pogonota barbata - I'll try to find a picture to post.

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 15-09-2007 22:41

hmm... sounds interesting, Tony. :)
I'm eager looking for that Pogonota. No photos available in the net, at least visible for the public. ;)

Posted by Tony Irwin on 17-09-2007 18:09

As promised - here is the male of Pogonota barbata. I had always wanted to find one of these and when I did, it looked even better than I expected.
Note the additional cross-veins in the wing, the magnificent beard and the stylish genital hairpiece - all designed to impress the ladies! B)

Posted by Kahis on 17-09-2007 19:01

Apparently I share my style preference (or the lack of) with Tony. One of my favourite flies is Amphipogon flavus. Try to guess the family without looking it up :) This is a boreal forest fly, with larvae developing in mushrooms.

Edited by Kahis on 17-09-2007 19:02

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 17-09-2007 22:12

both resembles a little the Coelopidae family. :)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 24-09-2007 00:52

piophilidae, kahis? :p

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 25-09-2007 23:36

another one: Ceratitis capitata - in spite of the fact that this can be a plague for crops. :( (specially fruit trees) - I spotted dozens of them in orange fruit trees near the coast. Here, in Viseu I never found any C. capitata.

Posted by Tony Irwin on 07-10-2007 14:42

Just to keep the thread going - I think that Cuterebra buccata has got to be one of the cutest, cuddliest flies around - see http://entomology...botfly.jpg :p

Posted by ChrisR on 07-10-2007 15:51

Awww - makes you want to go up and tickle it under the chin ;)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 08-10-2007 02:52

wow, Tony! Great! I knew that fly. :)

More suggestions, please.

Posted by crex on 08-10-2007 06:32

Tony Irwin wrote:
Just to keep the thread going - I think that Cuterebra buccata has got to be one of the cutest, cuddliest flies around - see http://entomology...botfly.jpg :p

The diptera equivalent to the Pug :p

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 31-10-2007 13:56

I must say again: Moegistorhynchus longirostris --- IS AN INCREDIBLE FLY!
Nemestrinidae (another favorite family for me) - Moegistorhynchus longirostris. Unfortunately there is only in Africa. :(

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 31-10-2007 14:00

Posted by Tony Irwin on 31-10-2007 21:42

More about these flies here :

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 31-10-2007 22:13

i know Tony. :) I put that link in shoutbox before I give the url for image of that fabulous fly. :)
And there are more awesome Nemestrinidae as Atriadops vespertilio! :)

I saw today the genus Psilodera from Acroceridae. Awesome fly. :)

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 31-10-2007 22:14

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 01-11-2007 02:31

more favorite flies:

Mydidae - Cephalocera fascipennis - this fly is among one that has the most beautiful wings: beautiful venation, amazing spotted wing!

Platystomatidae - Bromophila caffra - head... totally red! :o

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 18-11-2007 19:24

Another for the list!!

Pyrgotidae - Pyrgotella chagnoni

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 12-08-2009 21:17

another new fave for me... maybe the number 1 at the moment :D

The spectacular Cephalodromia cf. nitens (Mythicomyiidae). You must love this!!! :D

Posted by Steve Gaimari on 13-08-2009 16:48

Definitely Eurychoromyia mallea Hendel. In the next few months, I have a paper coming out about this fly and it's relatives (it's in press).

Although there are a lot of other very cool lauxanioids! Such as Wawu monstruosus (van der Wulp).

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 13-08-2009 18:18

WHAT?!!?!? Are you saying that you have discovered the Eurychoromyia mallea??!?!!?!?!?!?!?!? :o:o:o:o I will scream if it is true!!!! I must *REALLY* go to the place of the Eurychoromyia mallea!!!!!! :o

What a name... Wawu :|:o Is this from Mars?!?!? :| WOW!!!! You want us a heart attack!!! :o

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 13-08-2009 18:20

Posted by xylo on 13-08-2009 18:47

If Steve has some recent specimens: He is my FLY-HERO!!!

Jorge, have look at Broad-headed Flies (Eurychoromyidae) for type locality and additional information.

so long,

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 13-08-2009 19:04

xylo... I knew all about the location of this fly... and the rarity of the Eurychoromyidae!! I knew this fly since 2007 :D Rarity? lol ... we can say: no one alive dipterologist/person has seen an ALIVE specimen of that OUT OF THIS WORLD fly... I'm eager to "hear" Steve saying: YES, I HAVE FOUND Eurychoromyia mallea!!! I would scream if this is true!!!

Posted by Paul Beuk on 14-08-2009 07:17

Luckily this site does not carry sounds. :D

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 14-08-2009 10:09

well... that's a feature you should add to DI. Enabling sound files. :D lol

Posted by Paul Beuk on 14-08-2009 11:03

No way...

Posted by Steve Gaimari on 17-08-2009 17:53

I hate to disappoint anyone, but I have no other specimens of Eurychoromyia mallea than the 4 collected by Schnuse 100 years ago (although I have tried 3 times!). However, I've solved the "mystery" about what it "is", so to speak. I hope that'll be enough to make people happy. :)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 18-08-2009 18:51

Steve, I can be a volunteer to help you finding Eurychomyiidae :D eheh