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Metopia argyrocephala? --> Metopia rondaniana (male)
ukursawe
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Posted on 14-07-2023 08:17
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Hi,

This fly took a rest on the wall of our house in the late afternoon.

I think it could be a member of the Sarcophagidae family. My guess would be Metopia argyrocephala, though I have no idea, if it is a male or female. Can that be confirmed or excluded from the attached image and/or is a determination possible?

Germany, Southern Bavaria, Munich (-West), 13.07.2023, app. 6 mm

Greetings, Uli
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it is a male, difficult tonsay which species.

Theo
 
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Posted on 14-07-2023 16:38
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Hi Theo,

thanks for your assessment. I was afraid, it wouldn't be that easy, but is Sarcophagidae confirmed and maybe the genus?

Greetings, Uli
 
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Yes, Metopia is totally OK !

Try to make razorsharp pics if the front tarsus, if you can.

Theo
 
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Hi Theo,

thanks for your reply. Metopia sp. is actually quite ok for me. Unfortunately I have only a poor picture from the front tarsus, which is probably not going to help. It would be easier if I knew in advance, which features are important for determination Wink. But I have never seen one of those before, the next time I see one I will try to do better.

Greetings, Uli
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If life was only that easy …. every genus has it own specific features of relevance. If you really want to know, you need to by the handbooks…..

that said, this definitely looks like M. rondaniana.

Theo
 
ukursawe
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Posted on 14-07-2023 19:49
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Thank you again Theo! That is more than I expected and I am quite grateful.

Greetings, Uli
 
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