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Tachinidae, Bithia sp. (Crete)
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Posted on 22-09-2008 14:22
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I captured this fly two days ago, on 20-Sep-2008, in Crete, Greece, as it was feeding on Urginea maritima flowers. I'd say its size was about 5mm.

EDIT: My original size estimate was way off. Theo is right, its size must've been at least 8mm (compared to the flowers it's on). He identified it as Bithia sp. Thanks Theo!
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Another view:
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Another view:
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Loooks like a Dexiini, most likely Estheria or Billaea.
In which case it should have been 8 mm. at least...


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Thanks a lot Theo!

I know I suck at estimating sizes... Now that I look at the photos again, compared to the size of the flowers it's on, I'd say you're right, it must've been more than 8mm.
 
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ANd I suck at identifying.
Now I see them again, the jowls are much too narrow.
I should have gone for my first hunch, see the erect scutellar bristles!:

Bithia

Difficult genus (with longer proboscis)

Theo
 
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Posted on 24-09-2008 10:08
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Thanks again Theo Wink

I see there is no Bithia in the gallery yet, so maybe I should submit one or two of these photos. Which ones do you think would be best?
 
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first and / or second, if you please,
last one looks like Phryxe (atypcial)


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OK. I submitted better versions (better post-processing and resolution) of the first two photos to the gallery:
http://www.dipter...to_id=3491
http://www.dipter...to_id=3492

You can also find a better version of the third photo here:
http://www.flickr...881817368/
 
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