[Syrphidae] Identified till genus

Bastiaan Wakkie bwakkie at syrphidae.com
Thu Jun 1 16:59:58 BST 2006

Thank you all for the quick replies! 

Ones in a while this person in Indonesia is sending me photos in order
to ID them. Till genus is mostly goes well, till now ... and he is happy
with it too. 
I encouraged the person to also catch the flies and send them over in
the future in order to be more specific in naming. We will see how that
will work out...

So this Graptomyza is currently somewhere in a package between Indonesia
and Belgium :)



On Thu, 2006-06-01 at 09:13 -0400, christian thompson wrote:

> Very interesting, Heikki:
> This as Graham Rotheray will tell you parallels the development in New World Copestylum where a number of species have developed long (rat)-tailed maggot forms and in live in phytotelmata, such as bromeliads, etc.
> There is also another common Graptomyza in Australia and the Solomons which has been collected around out-door privies. So, I suspect it may be like Ornida and breed in them.
> Oh, well ...
> So many interesting flower flies, so little time.
> Cheers
> F. Christian Thompson
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> >>> heikki.hippa at nrm.se 06/01/06 08:12AM >>>
> Dear Bastiaan, Thomas, Andrew and others,
> The species is not dissimilar to one which was collected by Thomas Romig, also by me, in Malaysia. What is interesting with that species is the larva. It is rat-tailed like in Eristalini and lives inside bamboo stems on which woodpeckers or other animals have made holes. I have a few of these larvae at me and have intended to describe them, but it has not been done.
> Best wishes, Heikki
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>   Hi all,
>   I received this beautiful photo of a Syrphid but have no clue what family it even is. Anyone?
>   The photo is taken in Indonesia.
>   Thanks, 
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