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Megamerinid Fly (Megamerina dolium)

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Order: Diptera (DIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Megamerinidae
Genus: Megamerina
Species: dolium

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Neutral wallaby1 On Aug 3, 2007, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a) wrote:

This is rare, found in the southern part of Britain in areas of old woods. There is only the one Genus with this one species in Britain.

http://delta-intkey.com/britin/dip/www/megameri.htm

It is a very slim fly, mostly less than 2mm across and about 10mm or so long with a wasp-like reduced waist. At first glance you would think it was a wasp, but comparitively docile and not easily scared off. The first one climbed onto my finger and I had to put it back on the leaves!

I was lucky to find both male and female within a few days in my garden. I have named them Fly 1 and Fly 2 for convenience, as I am not absolutely certain which is which, but my guess is that Fly 1 is the male as the eyes look to be closer together. I would also expect the club tail of Fly 2 to be that of the female, but I may be wrong!

There is very little information on this fly, I found an article stating that the larvae are found under the bark of fallen trees.

http://www.studia-dipt.de/con41.htm


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