Insects: Diptera


Not often that preparing dinner provides a tick

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I was preparing dinner the other night and noticed tenanted mines on the sugarsnap peas I was about to cook! They were purchased from Tesco, Princes Risborough (Bucks, VC24) and originate from the USA. They are tenanted, and appear to be a Liriomyza species.  Following a post on the UK leafminers which seemed to confirm my initial diagnosis of genus.  As this is a potential notifiable pest species (and I wanted to find out what it was!), I sent the bag of peas to FERA, and Chris Malumphy has...

wetland fly


Saw quite a few of these striking flies around reedy ponds in East Sussex on 20th Aug 2014. Pretty sure I also have a specimen of the same from the pools at Moccas Park but haven't even worked out what family it belongs to yet. Admittedly I haven't tried but can someone spare me the effort by recognising it straight off? Thanks!

Edit: Dave Gibbs tells me it's an easy one - Sepedon sphegea (Sciomyzidae).


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