Thelyconychia solivaga

Recently I have been working on adding a new species to the British list to our key. Thelyconychia solivaga is a small tachinid that seems to live on fairly stony/rocky coastal sites and is very rare in the UK – in fact only 3 specimens have been found so far (by Laurence Clemons in Kent and Ivan Perry in Sussuex). These are just a few photos to show how it looks but it is a rather nondescript species that looks superficially like a small Meigenia but the apicals are crossed and the propleuron is not hairy.

They are actually so rarely collected that the Natural History Museum has 6 specimens – mostly collected in Jordan!