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Cheilosia sp.
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Posted on 17-08-2006 15:11
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Yesterday on some Daucus carota - plants I found many of these dark flies. Could they be Cheilosia bergenstammi?
With greetings Maja
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Edited by dipdip on 17-08-2006 15:14
Tony Irwin
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Posted on 17-08-2006 15:40
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Looking at the apparently bare eyes, and the colour of the hairs, on the top right male, and the very large orange antennae of the lower left female, I'd say these are more likely to be Cheilosia pagana.
(But I'm not sure about the top left female - it is possible that more than one species is present. Wink)
Edited by Tony Irwin on 17-08-2006 15:43
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Posted on 17-08-2006 20:11
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Yes, pagana was my first thought too. But are they that black - I didn't make them blacker than in the original pictures.
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Posted on 19-08-2006 19:49
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The female in the bottom left hand photo is almost certainly C pagana with those large orange antenna.
Nigel Jones, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Posted on 21-08-2006 11:17
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So top right and bottom left is Cheilosia pagana and the rest Cheilosia sp. Thank you very much for your answers! Maja
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