Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Tummel Shingle Stilt Fly

Outside of Fife (but still nice, anyway), Tummel Shingle produced this nice micropezid (stilt fly) fly, Cnodacophora stylifera, with remarkable lobes on its abdomen, presumably to do with mating.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Anasimyia contracta at Cullaloe LNR

I've found one or two mostly around the spillway but this one was further along the path

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Hydrotaea at Cullaloe LNR

Hydrotaea is a genus in the family Muscidae and they have (all of them?) very curious modifications to their legs. So far this year I've seen three species - armipes, meteorica and floccosa.

armipes is a new county record, meteorica appears to be second for Scotland while floccosa appears to be new to Scotland altogether - not a bad collection.

Hydrotea armipes

A curious hook on femur 3

Femur 1 - two bumps and a tooth

Hydrotea floccosa

Femur 1

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Tipula rufina, Cullaloe LNR

On a wooden fence this morning, my first of the year, though Tipula vittata beat it to the punch for first Tipula by a matter of days