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Cheilosia grossa?

 
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Sandy



Joined: 22 Jul 2008
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Location: East Lothian

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:06 pm    Post subject: Cheilosia grossa? Reply with quote

Hi all

I photographed this beauty the other day sunning itself on a fencepost.
I know it's a Cheilosia, and after checking Stubbs and Falk I settled on albipila or grossa. Albipila has orange antennae apparently and this fly has dark antennae, so is it grossa or have I missed some other possibilities?

Sandy
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brianh



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It certainly looks like grossa with that gingery hair on the abdomen. As you say the antennae definitely look dark. Also, illustrated in Stubbs and Falk the femurs have longer yellow tips in albipila.
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Sandy



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Brian.
After these shots it took off and landed on top of a fence post allowing a look at its abdomen from behind. I was surprised at how foxy red it looked. Unfortunately it took off again just as I raised the camera so no shot.
A very handsome species this. I'm looking forward to finding some more.
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Sandy

Definitely C. grossa - a fairly common northern sp.

Regards

Roger
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Sandy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Roger Very Happy
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joetraff



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to say thanks to roger.
The reply was quite helpful.


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