Hook-banded Wasp Hoverfly - Alan Keatley
Yellow-barred Peat Hoverfly - Alan Keatley
It was also a good year for cranefly recording with four new species added to the list - Spotted Cranefly Nephrotoma appendiculata, Tiger Cranefly Nephrotoma flavescens, Nephrotoma guestifalica and Nephrotoma quadrifaria. After a worrying no show last year, the continued presence of the nationally rare Geranomyia bezzii around the Bight was welcome with several found in August.
Geranomyia bezzii - Rob Walton
Although there are always some fly species present on site the year really starts with the emergence of Dark-edged Bee-fly Bombylius major, with several vying with each other in the Spring sunshine.
Dark-edged Bee-fly - Lee Collins
A build up of other species included the picture-winged Celery Fly Euleia heraclei and several Empid and Bibio species. Soldierflies emerged with the Broad Centurion Chloromyia formosa and the impressive looking and nationally scarce Ornate Brigadier Odontomyia ornata. Several species of robberflies could be found seeking prey on the sand dunes and in the undergrowth, with beegrabbers searching for hosts in the meadows.
Waisted Beegrabber Physocephala rufipes - Alan Keatley
Other new species included the muscidae flies; Phaonia pallida and Phaonia tuguriorum, plus Orange-beard Bluebottle Calliphora vomitoria, Dark-winged Fleshfly Nyctia halterata and the tachinid fly Gymnocheta viridis.
Dark-winged Fleshfly - Alan Keatley