Bury Wildlife

Flies Diptera 2

Empis livida   The abdomen is brownish, the male's wings appear faintly brown and clouded, whilst the female's wings are clear. Usually found around hedgerows where they nectar on various species as well as taking other insects common.


Empis tessellata  This large, drab green-brown bristly fly with brown-tinged wings is distinguished from the very similar Empis opaca by its black thighs . It frequents hedges, woodland edges, gardens and shrubby habitats. Particularly common on Hogweed . Though it feeds on nectar it is also a predator and catches other insects using its long pointed proboscis . Common


Dolichopus popularis The male has very large genitalia which are tucked under the abdomen. It typically rests with its front end raised -


Poecilobothrus nobilitatus This is a small, pretty fly with a lime green thorax. The male has conspicuous white wing tips and is easy to identify. The hairs on top of the thorax are in two neat rows


Eriothrix rufomaculata  It is bristly with prominent orange patches on the sides of its abdomen, Adults are flower-feeders, visiting various flowers including umbellifers and flowers of the Daisy family. Larvae of this species are parasitic on the larvae of moths.


Tachina fera Can often be seen in moist and well vegetated locations where it feeds on umbellifers and waterside plants, Larvae are parasites of caterpillars and other young insects


Eriothrix rufomaculata

Rhagionidae - Snipe flies

Chrysopilus cristatus This hasa dark patch on the outside of each wing. Males white bodied female brown. Found in damp woody places. Carniverous often sits on a perch common.


Rhagio vitripennis A yellowy-orange fly with long legs, and a dark wingspot at the outer edge of the wing. n bushy areas common.


Rhagio tringarius Another yellowy-orange fly with longr legs but lacks the dark wing spot of most other Rhagio species. It has black variable patterning on the abdomen. Wooded areas common.


Rhagio scolopaceus  yellowy-orange  fly with long, slender legs. The thorax sidesand leg tops are grey with several darkened marks on wings. Woods common.

Tachinidae - Tachinid Flies, Dolichopodidae  & Empididae - Dagger flies

Tabanidae - Horse flies

Black-horned Cleg - Haematopota crassicornis

This Horsefly or Cleg has quite an attractive appearance with its patterned eyes and wings. In well wooded areas, pond margins and woodland. females bite to draw blood from large mammals including humans.


Cleg Fly - Haematopota pluvialis

The eyes are hairy and irresdescent. The mottled wings are held apex at rest, and the 1st antennal segment is notched near the tip in the females. It is a blood-sucking insect which can give a painful bite. The male is harmless.

Muscidae - House flies

Minettia fasciata group (Lauxaniidae


Helina impuncta/depuncta (Muscidae.


Phaonia angelicae The male fly is beige-brown in thorax and abdomen, the female's abdomen is somewhat darker than the male's. Larvae onleaf litter common.


 Phaonia tuguriorum hind It does have distinctive wing markings which help with identification . Most of the yeart from Feb likes to sun bathe common.


fannia canicularis lesser house fly,  is  smaller than the common housefly. It is slender, and the median vein in the wing is straight. Larvae feed on all manner of decaying organic matter, including carrion.


Stomoxys calcitrans stable fly meadows, hedgerows and roadside verges nectaring on various flowers, especially umbellifers  larvae are predatory, feeding in pools and leaf litter


Mesembrina meridiana Noon Fly  large fly with jet black colour and orange on the base of its wings, on its feet and on its face. Well wooded and well vegetated areas, where it likes to sun-bathe  Breeds in dung found near cattle


Sarcophaga sp (Sarcophagidae.


Minettia longipennis found in woods in leaf litter hedgerows. common

Neuroctena anilis (Dryomyzidae