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Another Dioctria ?
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Posted on 24-06-2006 12:56

Location: Liege - BE
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Dear all

I identify this fly as "Dioctria species"
the fly is approx 15 mm long

can you confirm my ID ?
thank you

jean marc

sprimont, BE, 23 06 2006
liege67 attached the following image:

Edited by liege67 on 24-06-2006 12:57
Nikita Vikhrev
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Posted on 24-06-2006 14:10
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Hi Jean Marc.
I'm not at all Asilidae expert but for me it looks like female of Dioctra linearis.
Compare with:

Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
David Gibbs
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Posted on 24-06-2006 17:24
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not like what we call D. linearis in GB where hind legs largely pale. Looks close to D. rufipes although ocellar tubercle does not seem prominent enough, but perhaps this is due to angle of head?
Nikita Vikhrev
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Posted on 25-06-2006 09:28
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To tell you truth David, I still have doubts. Tomorrow I checked key in British Soldierflies..., according it, it is D. rufipes. But I also checked rather new key by Lehr in Diptera of Russian Far East. There isn't D. linearis in Far East, but there is D. rufipes. In description to D. rufipes Lehr write - "1-st segment of hind tarsus normal, in rare case a little bit enlarged" and " female hind legs normaly yellow orange with soma more blackish sites, rather rare - black".
Nikita Vikhrev - Zool Museum of Moscow University
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Posted on 25-06-2006 21:02

Location: Liege - BE
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Thank you Nikita and David

there is a picture of D. rufipes in "Guide vigot des insectes" (vigot editor), and it corresponds very well with my picture.

jean marc
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