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Ramon-uk
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Aug 06, 2017 09:32 |  #1

These small black flies appear each year in my garden for about 2-3 weeks.
They have very dark grey wings, almost black.
They are about 5-7mm long and spend almost all day inactive sitting on the wall of the house, they never come indoors.
As soon as you get within a few inches of them they fly off and land about 6 inches away, very reluctant to move far.

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4348/35569231184_969ec3cecd_b.jpg

Last shot was taken with ringflash so shows slightly different detail.


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Would be grateful if anyone knows anything about these.



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Aug 07, 2017 02:17 |  #2

Maybe a Woodlouse fly, Rhinophoridae? They look a bit like Tachinids but are slimmer.


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Aug 07, 2017 05:58 as a reply to racketman's post |  #3

Thank you very much, I do believe you have found it.
It makes sense because we do get a lot of woodlice in the garden, nice to know something is attacking them to help maintain the balance.




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