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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Some assorted flies

A quick jolly after work to one of the best wetland habitats in Gwent, the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal at Sebastopol was very productive for colourful invertebrates mainly in terms of diptera. Damselflies were also well represented as illustrated by the above in feeding mode.

Chrysotosum bicinetum

Scaeva pyrastri

As yet unidentified (open to offers)


  1. Its not a family I'm at all familiar with...i suggest Stratiomyidae (Soldierfly) a Stratiomys sp?

    Regards Chris...

  2. Thanks Chris looks like Stratiomys potamida?

  3. Glancing over the photos at

    Yours does seem to match a male S. potamida...but is it good enough to call?

    Regards Chris...


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