Friday, 31 March 2017

Thoracochaeta zosterae, lesser dung fly on seaweed

I've already recorded this species but I like these photos so I wanted to put them up. After labouring over the Sphaeroceridae keys for a while you will finally come to the point where you see the thoracic spines which curve inwards and I think are a unique feature. It's a super-abundant species over strandline seaweed and one sweep over the weed will capture 100s.

The mouth parts I have no words for. They're just outrageous.

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