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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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11 July, 2016

Rhagio scolopacea: the downlooker snipe fly

As a group snipe flies are fairly easy to identity having quite long, thin bodies, long, thin wings and long legs! They can be quite colourful and some are quite large whilst others less so. There are five species of snipe fly commonly seen in Britain although none are actually that common.
The casual name for this species is the downlooker snipe fly (Rhagio scolopacea) and yes, its preferred point of view is to perch on a tree trunk looking down at the ground! They can be seen as adults in May through until August. Their larvae live in leaf litter and are predatory on very small insects and other life that inhabits leaf litter.
Rhagio scolopacea: the downlooker snipe fly