When the sun is shining I like to get into the Parke Walled Garden with my camera during lunchtime to take a few photographs – helps clear the mind and reminds me what its all about! Yesterday between some chunky Dartmoor showers I managed to do just that and took a few photographs of a green and coppery fly. I wasn’t quite sure which species it was and despite spending sometime looking for it in my hoverfly book I couldn’t identify it. I was pretty sure however it was a hoverfly in the genus Cheilosia. In circumstances such as this I turn to Twitter and posted a couple of pictures asking for help. This morning my kind colleague Peter Brash who is in our national Biological Survey Team replied with the answer – the species in question is not a hoverfly but a soldierfly – I had been looking in the wrong book!
This is the book I should have been looking in – British Soldierflies and their allies – details here
Here is the plate showing the species – its number 10. The larvae of this fly have been recorded in cow pats and in clumps of rotting vegetation – no cows at Parke at the moment so I reckon this species had laid eggs in a pile of last year’s rotting Walled Garden vegetation
A productive lunchtime on all counts and thanks to Peter Brash.