Gallery Links
Users Online
· Guests Online: 7

· Members Online: 0

· Total Members: 4,358
· Newest Member: Bluebottle_20
Forum Threads
Theme Switcher
Switch to:
Last Seen Users
· libor< 5 mins
· Tony Irwin< 5 mins
· Darwyn Sumner00:19:30
· Paul Beuk00:36:12
· Nosferatumyia00:46:58
· babay72rus00:57:47
· Ectemnius01:06:59
· Jan Maca01:30:39
· GAREL Jean-M...01:33:42
· Zeegers02:03:53
Latest Photo Additions
View Thread :: Identification queries :: Diptera (adults)
Who is here? 1 guest(s)
 Print Thread
Sciaridae covered with wax
#1 Print Post
Posted on 24-10-2019 17:55

Location: Germany / Bergstrasse /Odenwald
Posts: 115
Joined: 15.10.12

Hello together,

today I photographed this fly covered with wax. I think it´s a Sciaridae sp., but I wondered about the wax.
Is this normal? And is here an ID possible?

locality: Germany Odenwald - about 300 m altitude
fotodate: 24.10.2019
size with wings: 3mm

Best Regards Jochen
jojo attached the following image:

Edited by jojo on 24-10-2019 18:02
#2 Print Post
Posted on 24-10-2019 17:56

Location: Germany / Bergstrasse /Odenwald
Posts: 115
Joined: 15.10.12

pic 2
jojo attached the following image:

Tony Irwin
#3 Print Post
Posted on 24-10-2019 21:03
User Avatar


Location: Norwich, England
Posts: 5890
Joined: 19.11.04

It is Sciaridae, but I doubt you will be able to get even a genus from the photos. I don't know of any species of sciarid that has a waxy coating, so I think this one has been accidentally covered in powder - perhaps having emerged through some diatomaceous earth, which is commonly used as a soil surface insecticide in gardens.
Tony Irwin
#4 Print Post
Posted on 24-10-2019 22:43

Location: Germany / Bergstrasse /Odenwald
Posts: 115
Joined: 15.10.12

Thank you, Tony for this information. It will probably remain a mystery.

Jump to Forum:
Similar Threads
Thread Forum Replies Last Post
Sciaridae Diptera (adults) 3 27-01-2020 09:27
Sciaridae? - more ID? Diptera (adults) 4 13-01-2020 09:58
Sciaridae id ? Diptera (adults) 4 09-01-2020 22:15
Sciaridae id ? Diptera (adults) 4 09-01-2020 16:05
Sciaridae ID Diptera (adults) 1 24-12-2019 21:08
Date and time
29 January 2020 09:56


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Temporary email?
Due to fact this site has functionality making use of your email address, any registration using a temporary email address will be rejected.

Please, help to make
possible and enable
further improvements!
Latest Articles
Syrph the Net
Those who want to have access to the Syrph the Net database need to sign the
License Agreement -
Click to Download

Public files of Syrph the Net can be downloaded HERE

Last updated: 25.08.2011
You must login to post a message.

23.12.19 23:36
thx Paul! All is OK! Merry Xmas to All!

04.12.19 10:23
Thx! TumbsUp

04.12.19 09:33
There are some internal issues withy their servers and they are working on it.

02.12.19 08:42
Anyone knows what happened with the Catalog of Fossil Diptera at the webpage? Cannot access it Frown

01.11.19 22:46
Hi! may I ask, why the soldierfly banner (https://www.dipte
) is so big (4790x870 Pixels, 1, 4 M Cool? It always lasts minutes to load on a slow connection and costs a

18.09.19 20:06
Jewell699, you should post it in the forum, not submit it for the gallery.

15.09.19 20:41
Jewelm699 - did you upload it to a forum (which one?) or the gallery? I can't find it.

11.09.19 13:15
I’m hoping someone can identify the phoridae maggot or pupae I just uploaded.

28.08.19 14:29
Rafael p is legs and f1 is fore femur

26.08.19 17:13
If you experienced a very sluggish site recently, it may have been because someone tried to upload a maliciuous script by force. It appears to have failed. The visitor was blocked further access.

Render time: 1.67 seconds | 143,789,188 unique visits