Eurithia – female sternite 6

These are some figures from Tschorsnig & Herting (1994), showing the sternite 6 of some female Eurithia spp.:

A – Eurithia consobrina (furrow along entire length)

B – Eurithia connivens (furrow on only anterior half)

C – Eurithia vivida & intermedia (anterior indentation)

Unfigured (sternite domed) – Eurithia caesia & anthophila (slightly)


Big Nature Day

Today Matt & I attended “Big Nature Day” at the Natural History Museum, in London – a day for wildlife organisations to show what they do. The weather was hot & sunny and the event was very colourful and well-attended, with lots of events for children.

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Some name changes

Belshaw’s 1993 handbook was a great improvement over the nomenclature used in van Emden but since then many of the names have changed. This is pretty boring stuff, so I apologise in advance, but here are the changes and explanations, as far as I know them:

Timavia Robineau-Desvoidy 1863 is a junior synonym of Smidtia […]

Panzeria, Eurithia, Appendicia & Fausta male genitalia

This is a reprint of the genitalia figures from van Emden’s 1957 handbook – out of print for many years. I find them quite useful for double-checking males – if I get good feedback then I might turn this into a larger article.

For reference the key to this diagram is:

P – Panzeria […]

Botria subalpina found in Scotland

Botria (=Bothria) subalpina is a Spring species previously thought to be found in northern & eastern Europe – I have specimens from Finland and Bavaria. But recently Murdo Macdonald sent some flies to the National Museum of Scotland and David Horsfield spotted a fly that keyed out to Bothria subalpina in the Central European key. […]

Phytomyptera nigrina seen in Lincolnshire

Had a very good record recently, sent in by Phil Porter, of Phytomyptera nigrina. Richard Davidson took the specimen at Whisby Nature Park on 22nd April. Here is a photo of the specimen – note the “disappearing” median vein and the complete lack of m-cu vein – very rare features: