Monday, March 26, 2018

Dalgety Bay - spring!

A brief wander up the coast and a gardening session (with a net and sorting tray, naturally) kept the dials moving over the weekend. It was clear that a handful of pots will soon be replaced by a pooter or two. Inverts are go! I've already gone from having no "stock" material to a collection of pinned flies.

It was nice to see the garden start to pick up too, including an overhead Sparrowhawk which I half thought I'd already recorded.

Ceratophysella bengtssoni

Clouded Drab

Diplocephalus latifrons

Platycheirus albimanus

Muscina prolapsa

Not covered here so far was my first potential new-to-Scotland of the year, the anthomyiid Egle parva, which is covered here. You can see from the URL that I had given it the wrong ID to begin with.

528 * diptera Egle parva A flower fly
529 collembola Ceratophysella bengtssoni A springtail
530 diptera Ceratinostoma ostiorum A Scathophagid fly
531 spider Diplocephalus latifrons A Linyphiid spider
532 fungus Agaricus litoralis A mushroom
533 lep-moth Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab
534 bird Accipiter nisus Sparrowhawk
535 diptera Eudasyphora cyanella A muscid fly
536 diptera Platycheirus albimanus A hoverfly
537 diptera Muscina prolapsa A muscid fly
538 diptera Egle ciliata A flower fly


  1. Pretty amazing range extension for the Egle if NBN is right. Never seen Muscina prolapsa, although you do get it down here. Muscina levida is very common here, better make sure I'm not throwing prolapsa away (don't think so).

    1. I've had two M.prolapsa in this square - one last November. They were both very big compared to the other two Muscinas. In fact I refused to believe it was a Muscina at first. This one when I netted it I thought it might be Polietes lardarius. Last year I had two flies which were a similar "range extension", although I think it's maybe more "recorder extension"in this case whereas last year's new soldierfly there probably is an element of northward expansion. Also I know that sadly a lot of records don't make it to schemes or NBN.

    2. I've added a pic. Basically Muscina/black legs/M with significant bend is all the keying there is to it!

  2. Guess what I got this afternoon (unfortunately not in my 1 km square) - Muscina proplapsa, well chuffed! - also about 30 Muscina levida, all females, seems a bit odd.

    1. I'll have a look in Skidmore. What if fertilised females overwinter and the males die off? I'm going to NMS on Thursday and Olga's going to be there so I can run my Pollenias past her