Flies – who needs them? Wheatland Farm does!

Hmmm. No flies, no swallows or other insectivorous birds. So bearing that in mind, we’re delighted to have the start of a ‘fly list’ for Wheatland Farm and Popehouse Moor SSSI, courtesy Rob Wolton and the Devonshire Association, who visited recently.

It will sit alongside our flower list, for Popehouse Moor, started in 2009.

Rob found a southern yellow splinter cranefly (Lipsothrix nervosa). It’s not an especially pretty species, but is rather scarce, found in the UK and one other European country. Their larvae need saturated deadwood under a woodland canopy – and preferably quite large bits of wood at that. Allowing dead wood to lie where it falls, and leaving woody debris in the really wet bits of Popehouse Moor should help.

Rob found a hoverfly that parasitises ant nests, Microdon myrmicae, and that has its national stronghold on Culm Grasslands. He also found a kind of robber fly (this group are sometimes called assassin flies because they are ruthlessly predatory). The species found here was Leptarthrus brevirostris.

Rob’s fly list for Popehouse Moor SSSI is as follows:

Anthomyia liturata
Chirosia cinerosa
Delia platura
Delia radicum
Pegoplata aestiva
Pegoplata infirma
Leptarthrus brevirostris
Pollenia angustigena
Clusiodes albimanus
Campsicnemus curvipes
Campsicnemus loripes
Dolichopus pennatus
Dolichopus picipes
Dolichopus plumipes
Dolichopus simplex
Dolichopus ungulatus
Gymnopternus aerosus
Gymnopternus cupreus
Gymnopternus metallicus
Rhaphium appendiculatum
Rhaphium monotrichum
Syntormon aulicus
Syntormon sulcipes
Clinocera fontinalis
Dolichocephala oblongoguttata
Empis pennipes
Hilara cornicula
Phyllodromia melanocephala
Rhamphomyia tibiella
Fannia armata
Fannia similis
Suillia bicolor
Meiosimyza affinis
Meiosimyza rorida
Minettia longipennis
Tricholauxania praeusta
Austrolimnophila ochracea
Dicranomyia autumnalis
Dicranomyia fusca
Erioptera fusculenta
Euphylidorea aperta
Helius flavus
Helius longirostris
Lipsothrix nervosa
Lipsothrix remota
Molophilus appendiculatus
Molophilus medius
Neolimnomyia filata
Ormosia nodulosa
Phylidorea fulvonervosa
Pseudolimnophila sepium
Azelia zetterstedtii
Eudasyphora cyanella
Haematobosca stimulans
Hydrotaea albipuncta
Musca autumnalis
Mydaea urbana
Myospila meditabunda
Phaonia incana
Phaonia pallida
Thricops semicinereus
Geomyza tripunctata
Opomyza germinationis
Chrysopilus cristatus
Rhagio scolopaceus
Sarcophaga sinuata
Scathophaga stercoraria
Renocera pallida
Sepsis fulgens
Cheilosia albitarsis sens. str.
Cheilosia variabilis
Chrysogaster solstitialis
Eristalis arbustorum
Eristalis pertinax
Helophilus pendulus
Melanogaster hirtella
Microdon myrmicae
Orthonevra nobilis
Platycheirus rosarum
Rhingia campestris
Sericomyia silentis
Syritta pipiens
Syrphus ribesii
Volucella bombylans
Volucella pellucens
Dufouria nigrita
Lydella stabulans
Nephrotoma quadrifaria
Tipula oleracea

Additionally, these species were found around the main wildflower pond at Wheatland Farm:

Botanophila striolata
Sicus ferrugineus
Sapromyza quadripunctata
Lonchoptera bifurcata
Anasimyia contracta
Lydella stabulans