Insects: Diptera


wetland fly


Saw quite a few of these striking flies around reedy ponds in East Sussex on 20th Aug 2014. Pretty sure I also have a specimen of the same from the pools at Moccas Park but haven't even worked out what family it belongs to yet. Admittedly I haven't tried but can someone spare me the effort by recognising it straight off? Thanks!

Edit: Dave Gibbs tells me it's an easy one - Sepedon sphegea (Sciomyzidae).

Unwin, D.M. 1981. Key to the families of British Diptera. Field Studies Council. Identifies flies to family level. Free download.

Downloadable guide to identifying the four species in genus Bombylius from the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme.


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