A dozen Muscid-flies, Mesembrina meridiana, were all lined up, resting, in a row on the wooden railing in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road
Phaonia valida (not confirmed)
10 September 2006
A Hornet Robber Fly caught a Greenbottle and landed briefly on the Pixie Path. The Greenbottles were attracted by about a dozen to a dog's faex and the predatory insect pounced. This large fly was quick to fly off.
(TQ 210 064)
30 July 2006
The black and yellow Soldier Fly, Stratiomys potamida, made a short appearance in my south Lancing garden. (TQ 185 046). It may have hatched from the garden pond as this fly had done the previous year.
Conopid fly Sicus ferrugineus discovered on the southern part of the Slonk Hill Cutting.
A Hornet Robber Fly was spotted just north of Lancing College, near Ladywells Stream.
|15 June 2006|
This fly is a common one that is seem both frequently and in widespread places, and even more often it is overlooked completely.
It is probably a small Tachinid fly on Creeping Cinquefoil.
The small black flies Empis tessellata were common on the downs.
ID by Laurence Clemons
The Alexanders, Smyrnium olustratum manage to attract so many flies, hoverflies, moths and flying insects that it is impossible to record them all. Tilius elongatus small black flies and larger Lucilla Blow-flies were noted on the Pixie Path. Crane-flies were noted in most wild places and wasteland.
The fly first right was photographed in the Butterfly Copse at the southern end of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
These flies are the Face Fly, Musca autumnalis.
ID by Laurence ClemonsThe picture second right was taken on 3 May 2006 in the same place and is possibly the same species.
1 May 2006
A solitary Dotted Bee-fly (with spotted wings), Bombylius was seen on a path through the scrub in the north-west of Mill Hill.
(TQ 210 075)
a declining BAP (Biodiversity Action
Plan) species. In Great Britain this species is classified as
This fly should not be confused with the very similar Common Bee-fly, Bombylius major.
Further Information on Bombylius discolor
The larvae of the Dotted Bee-fly are parasites of solitary bees with the host species identified of Andrena flavipes and Andrena cineraria. Nomada fucata (recorded on Mill Hill) is a cleptoparasitoid of Andrena flavipes.
Dotted Bee-fly have a favoured nectar plant of: Ground Ivy (much preferred) and Primroses. The one on Mill Hill was seen where Ground Ivy has been noted plentiful before, but this herb also occurs plentifully on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Bee-flies may forage far from their nesting colonies into scrub, woods and gardens.
is in flight from the end of March, peaking in mid-April and seen until
the beginning of May.
The Bee-fly follows its host bee when choosing new sites and favours open south or south-west facing unimproved or semi-improved grassland for their colonies.
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