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Simulium posticatum - any Irish records?
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Posted on 23-11-2012 19:24
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I've been asked to inquire if Simulium posticatum has ever been recorded in Ireland, by a correspondent who suspects that small flies responsible for bites inflicted upon friends and relations in the Galway area may be this species.

According to Fauna Europeaea, there's no data for this species in Ireland, but I thought it wise to come here and tap into any more specialist knowledge some of the professionals in the field who post here may possess. Smile

If not S. posticatum, then what could the culprit be? Description I've been given is of a fly that resembles a miniature house fly, approximately 4mm long, but sadly no more details than this (most members of the public aren't trained entomologists, of course).

Many thanks in advance.
Paul Beuk
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Unknwon from Ireland according to this page, which is presumed to be up to date: http://www.dipter...hp?id=3795

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Posted on 27-11-2012 15:13
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Bass (1998) in FBA55 quotes Crosskey (1991): Currently unrecorded from Ireland.

Crosskey, R.W. (1991). A new checklist of the Blackflies of Britain and Ireland...........Entomologist's gazette 42:206-217
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Sorry about the delay in replying, influenza decided to pay me a visit (sigh) ...

Many thanks for the above - it's proven to be singularly useful!
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