Thread subject: :: Can't trust Philipomyia species IDs

Posted by Zeegers on 21-07-2018 19:24

Last one seems 'clearly' aprica.

Difference is difficult to formulate exactly and Leclercq indeed considered bith forms conspecific. Graeca is much more golden, antenna nearly completely orange in in lateral view antenna segment 3 much broader. All relztive to aprica.
Moreover, both species hardly (if ever) overlap in distribution: aprica is in the mountians, graeca much more confined to warm lowlands.
For instance: any Philipomyia from Asturias is bound to be aprica.