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In South Yorkshire, 3 August 2011
From a distance I thought I was seeing Sepsis fulgens or similar "signal fly" - the body-size and wing-fluttering behaviour were similar.
On getting closer I saw that it was unlike any fly I'd seen before - impressively long wings and very big eyes. The wings shone almost scarlet in the sun.
Sadly it flew off without letting me get a side-view or see what it looked like with its wings closed.
I'd be grateful for any pointers toward and Id. Ray
A big-headed fly, Pipunculidae, possibly genus Dorylomorpha. They are parasitoids of plant- or leafhoppers.
Many many thanks Paul.
A very interesting little fly!