Location: la12 8ht, UK
December 14, 2010 5:05 pm
i found this fly several months ago, i have searched thorugh several books and the internet but cannon find the name of the species and wondered if you could help, if it is an unidentified species how to i go about registering it? i found this fly in the summer
Signature: James Gill
This is not the ideal vantage for identification purposes, but we decided to give it a try. Upon browsing through the images of living specimens on the Dipterists Forum we found an image of Mesembrina meridiana that closely resembles your fly. Searching that name led us to the Natural England website that identified it as the Noon Fly in the family Muscidae and provided this information: “This is a large, shiny black fly with conspicuous yellow bases to its wings. Noonflies can be found sunning themselves on logs, fences, tree trunks, walls or sunny paths where their colourful wing-bases may make them conspicuous. The larvae develop in cattle dung. Although widespread and common, these flies are normally only to be found in fairly rural gardens or others which are near places where cattle are reared.” The Ecology of Commanster website has some marvelous images of this species. The family Muscidae contains the House Fly and kin.