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Snail-killing Fly (Sepedon sphegea) This was one of those &#039;risky, but ultimately worth it&#039; moments, as I perched precariously on what felt like a very unstable mound of grass, right on the edge of a river, streching to catch sight of what was moving, many feet away, further along the bank, almost out of sight.<br />
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Snail-killing Fly (Sepedon sphegea)

This was one of those 'risky, but ultimately worth it' moments, as I perched precariously on what felt like a very unstable mound of grass, right on the edge of a river, streching to catch sight of what was moving, many feet away, further along the bank, almost out of sight.

I got video too.............

    comments (3)

  1. Very cool, interesting how it probes in search of food (I assume). Great that you kept dry feet too :) Posted one month ago
    1. I had actually worked out in my head how, in the event of my slipping, or the bank giving away, I was going to save my camera from the water, if not myself.

      It's nice to get one's priorities in place......:-)
      Posted one month ago
      1. I know exactly how you feel as I've slipped past cliffs and such: oh no, the camera! Posted one month ago

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"Sepedon sphegea" is a Palearctic species of fly in the family Sciomyzidae, the marsh flies or snail-killing flies. The larva feeds on aquatic snails and as an opportunist on other invertebrates.

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Philip Booker
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By Philip Booker

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Uploaded Jul 12, 2022. Captured Jul 11, 2022 17:04 in V282+7W Lewes, UK.
  • DSC-RX10M4
  • f/4.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO100
  • 163.85mm