Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Dalgety Bay - winter flies

Might have been frost on the ground but the woods towards the chapel still had some sunny spots to offer to a host of flies. The chapel did too but there were too many people around and I ran out of pots!

A sweep of one tree netted half a dozen Polietes - I had only seen two before I swished the net. Also from a sunny trunk was a single Phaonia subventa. Calliphora vicina was the main fly on the chapel walls, though some smaller fare was also present.

Polietes lardarius - from one sweep!
Phanoia subventa female

Friday, 24 November 2017

Muscina prolapsa, Dalgety Bay, Fife, 21/11/17

Muscina prolapsa, m.
Dalgety Bay, Fife
MV Light
NOFI status: No records
NBN: Scattered UK, 35 records Scotland
Distribution: Holarctic (MCE)
Larvae predator of calliphorid larvae in carrion, raised from deer and horse carcasses (Skidmore)

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Fannia pallitibia, Dalgety Bay, 21/11/17

Fannia pallitibia, f.
Dalgety Bay, Fife
MV Light
NOFI status: Mountcastle Quarry
NBN: Mostly English but some northern
Described somewhere as a "typical autumn Fannia"

Monday, 20 November 2017

Helina impuncta, Calais Muir Wood, 18/11/17

Also from the week previous, one female taken at SW corner during half hour wander

Species: Helina impuncta (1f.)
Loc: Calais Muir Wood, Dunfermline
Grid: NT1286
Date: 18/11/17
Habitat: birch part of mixed woodland
NOFI status: "widespread"

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Dixa nebulosa, Cullaloe LNR, 15/11/2017

Species: Dixa nebulosa, male
Location: Cullaloe LNR
Gridref: NT1887
Date: 15/11/2017
Notes: On wooden deck beside filter beds
NOFI status: not recorded prior to 2006 report