Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dalgety Bay

A fine day yesterday with some cracking new stuff. My year minimum of one Pipunculidae species was reached with a new for county (county fauna 8 spp., my additions 6 spp.!) Jassidophaga fasciata. Hopefully there will be another. They're fantastic little flies, which target hemipteroids as hosts.
The tachinid (?) with it in the photo below hasn't been ID'd. The pinpunculid was my 100th lifer of the year too.

Another new for county was the weevil Hadroplontus litura, which according to NBN is the northernmost British record.

As is typical for this time of year I'm now quickly becoming overrun with more specimens than I have time to ID but I can do just about enough to keep it mostly under control and keep the numbers moving.

Ferdinandea cuprea was a nice new hover fly for me in the morning sunshine today.

Dangerous small things!

ovipositor - ouch!

Hadroplontus litura


702 lep-moth Aphelia paleana Timothy Tortrix
703 flowering plant Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle
704 coleoptera Otiorhynchus singularis A Broad-nosed Weevil
705 lep-moth Epinotia immundana Common Birch Bell
706 diptera Tipula varipennis A crane fly
707 * diptera Jassidophaga fasciata A big-headed fly
708 * coleoptera Hadroplontus litura A weevil
709 diptera Syrphus vitripennis  Syrphidae
710 * diptera Ferdinandea cuprea A hover fly
711 diptera Melanostoma scalare Syrphidae


  1. Nice records Ali, especially the pipunculus. I've had a handful here over the past couple of years, but am suffering from a lack of literature. So anything you can e-mail would be appreciated! I believe some of the genera are quite difficult even with a specimen?

  2. Well the RES key is free download of course. Somewhat out of date but useful nevertheless. This one keys out there fine, but to an old name. I'll send you a couple of files you might find useful. One of my favourite families

  3. I caught my first pipunculus of the year a couple of days ago Ali, and it keys to Chalarus (which might be bad news and not a genus I've seen before). I've found a fairly up-to-date key online which covers all the European species. However, even though I've only skimmed through it I suspect to get it to species might be tricky, and appears to involve gen.detting. I'm not so good at gen.detting small flies, so might not succeed, we'll see.