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Scientific Name: Coenosia tigrina
Common Name: Muscid Fly
Coenosia tigrina is a very common fly, found over the whole of Britain and Ireland, both in woodland and open localities. It is a small fly, (6 or 7 mm long) buff-grey with dark spots.
Distinguished from other Coenosia by the combination of a pair of bristles very close to each other on the middle of the hind tibia and the mid and hind femora black with red tips, it is a voracious predator of other small Diptera.
The pictured specimen is a female, possibly gravid, judging by the appearance of the black intersegmental membranes on her swollen abdomen - or just had a very good lunch! On the wing May to September.
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