Re: [british_insects] Stilt-legged flies - can you help with ID?
- David Jones wrote:
>I agree with Matt, they're dung flies: Scathophaga species.
> I find brown/orange coloured flies on the Ivy in my garden. They
> have a very distinctive orange colouring between their eyes, and
> they are often perched at leaf edges. Today I found one that was
> eating a small fly. I suspect that they are stilt-legged flies but I
> can't match them with the ones in my Collins Guides. Can you help?
> In my diaries there are pictures taken over the last two days (29,
> 30 Oct), including a mating pair. To see them, go to my site, click
> on garden latest (If that takes you into the November page, simply
> click on 'go to previous entry' at the top of the page).
The jelly fungus is Exidia thuretania - the white spots inside
are said to be calcium oxalate.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Storey, M.W."
>Thanks Malcolm and Matt,
> I agree with Matt, they're dung flies: Scathophaga species.
> The jelly fungus is Exidia thuretania - the white spots inside
> are said to be calcium oxalate.
Dung flies they are - and I would never have got near to that ID for
At the moment it is a case of bad light stops play in the
garden, so there are no new insect pictures to puzzle over at the
Garden Wildlife Diaries at http://www.mybitoftheplanet.com