Sunday, December 9, 2018

Oh you pretty things...

A few nice little flies ID'd recently, plus more rummaging about in tubes.

One of the things I've been pleased about is the number of hymenoptera recorded in the square this year, now up to 160 species. However, I do have at a guess another 50 species of parasitic hymenoptera awaiting identification. This will take a significant amount of time and effort as they are largely new to me, and I'm a bit trepidatious as to how many will ever be identified. Still, I thought that about diptera a couple of years ago and the clouds of unknowing have dissipated with many of them, so I live in hope.

Rivellia syngenesiae

Hybos culiciformis

Pipunculus tenuirostris

2064 Quedius fumatus Coleoptera Staphylinidae
2066 Enochrus quadripunctatus Coleoptera Hydrophilidae
2067 * Phaonia serva Diptera Muscidae
2068 * Platypalpus optivus Diptera Hybotidae
2069 * Sphaerophoria taeniata Diptera Syrphidae
2070 * Ornithomya avicularia Diptera Hippoboscidae
2071 Paracorixa concinna Hemipteroids Lesser Water Boatman sp.
2072 * Pipunculus tenuirostris Diptera Pipunculidae
2073 * Hybos culiciformis Diptera Hybotidae
2074 * Paracoenia fumosa Diptera Ephydridae
2075 * Chrysopa commata RSO Lacewing
2076 Hercostomus nigriplantis Diptera Dolichopodidae
2077 Rivellia syngenesiae Diptera Signal-fly
2078 * Scolytus rugulosus Coleoptera Curculionidae: Scolytus
2079 Diodontus minutus Hymenoptera Pemphredoninae
2080 * Mycophaga testacea Diptera Anthomyiidae
2081 * Passaloecus corniger Hymenoptera Crabronidae
2082 Pemphredon lugubris Hymenoptera Crabronidae


  1. Very pretty indeed. Got to love a pipunculid, even one covered in moth scales ;)

  2. Very good going Tim, hope you can ID lots more before 31st December

  3. Quite incredible, Tim. You've blown us all away with your huge tally. Just imagine what you could achieve if you lived in a square like mine ;) Congratulations again, Happy New Year to you!