Thread subject: :: Tachinidae? (but novice posting)

Posted by Malgo on 25-04-2020 12:17

This is an old photo from 31/03/17. I didn't estimate the fly's size at the time but it is on a hawthorn leaf. It was taken in Bournemouth in the south of England in a hedgerow setting some 2km from the sea. From the bristles and wing venation I think it is a Tachinid but I am still very new to identifying flies so any help would be appreciated.

Edited by Malgo on 25-04-2020 12:31

Posted by Zeegers on 25-04-2020 20:12

Yes, it is a Tachinid: Macquartia dispar or viridana male, most likely the first.


Posted by Malgo on 25-04-2020 23:25

Many thanks, Macquartia dispar is what I had matched it to but it is good to have a second opinion.


Posted by Zeegers on 26-04-2020 08:14

Are you sure about the date, 31th of March ? If so, what would the leaves be ?


Posted by Malgo on 27-04-2020 13:46

Yes, the date is correct. The leaves are Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna which comes into leaf towards the end of March in the south of England.

Posted by Zeegers on 27-04-2020 18:16

WEll, you beat us with 2 weeks on that one ! Thanks for checking.