Thread subject: Diptera.info :: Picture-winged fly (Tephritidae) for ID, please
Posted by neilmoths on 27-01-2012 17:03
I wonder if anyone can help, please?
I'm new to the forum and have been struggling to identify what I presume to be a picture-winged fly (Tephritidae).
It was taken on rank chalk grassland in Berkshire (VC22), in the UK on 13-July-2011
I have attached a couple of pictures.
Posted by Jason G on 27-01-2012 17:20
It's Tabanidae, though certainly a fly with pretty wings!
Edited by Jason G on 27-01-2012 17:23
Posted by Paul Beuk on 27-01-2012 17:37
Posted by Jason G on 27-01-2012 17:43
Ha! Just what I was going to say. I have no literature or hands-on experience with these despite the presence of horses nearby, hence my retiscence to commit to anything.
Posted by neilmoths on 27-01-2012 18:10
Many thanks Jason and Paul, for the quick reply.
I will try to look in the correct family next time!
Posted by Jason G on 27-01-2012 18:30
Have you got a copy of British Soldierflies and their Allies? I believe a key exists in their for Tabanidae.
Don't forget, when you have a specimen as opposed to just a field-photo, you have everything you need to identify it from scratch.
Look for the Field Studies Council key to British Diptera by DM Unwin, which will take you through to family-level. You'll then need to look-up more specialist books that cover it.
Don't forget to ask for further assistance if you need it.
Edited by Jason G on 27-01-2012 18:32