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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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28 March, 2016

Sicus ferrugineus: the thick-headed fly



Some species of insect are really quite unmistakable, they quite unique. Unmistakable, that is, if you know what they are!
After spending half an hour thumbing through my field guides I could not put a name to this species which annoyed me as it should have been quite obvious from the shape and the colour. In the end I gave up and posted the photograph on the Open University Ispot website [http://www.ispot.org.uk] and within an hour or so it had been identified and three other people confirmed that it was one of the thick-headed flies (Sicus ferrugineus). There are apparently several different species.
Referring back to my field guides this species is in none of them so thanks to those enthusiasts on Ispot without whose amazing knowledge this would have remained another of my photographs of unidentified insects.
I guess the name thick-headed fly is descriptive of its appearance and not its mental intelligence?
Sicus ferrugineus: the thick-headed fly