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Shady Couple - Pollenia - male

Shady Couple - Pollenia - Male
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
February 11, 2007
Size: House fly

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Shady Couple - Pollenia - male Shady Couple - Pollenia - male

Pollenia. unless there's something different out in California

Thanks, Keith
Another mystery, expertly solved.

Nice work, Keith
By the way, there are 15 pages of unidentified flies in the guide here. Can you do anything with any of them? Are there any images there which we won't ever be able to ID to family and therefore should probably be moved to frass? Thanks for all your help

I've been holding back.
Flies are my favorites, but as you noted, the posts often go unidentified. What's really puzzled me are house fly posts. I've seen several references to few house flies at the site, but have a candidate languishing for identification.

I've been trying to clean up my act in this area, posting only flies where I have pretty good images, particularly wings and, to a lesser extent, faces.

Keith has come through for me time and again, but evidentally there's a huge amount of stuff to plow through! J&J how about some incentive? Shouldn't Keith be an editor?

We would be all for it!
Would love to get some of the dipterists interested in cleaning up the huge backlog of fly images. In addition to the 15 pages of just plain diptera, there are multiple pages of unidentified flies at almost every family page too. We've been leaving requests scattered throughout the guide for various experts in the hope we can get them to look at unidentified images in the guide and not just on ID Request or Recent.
Keith, you can write John and ask for an editorship position. Tell him about yourself and what you could do with the Diptera part of the guide if you were able to move images around. Click on the Iowa link at the bottom of this page and on John's name on the bottom of the next page.

Boy, do a lot of those look familiar.
Unfortunately, it's because I posted them. At a quick look, I was able to identify a couple, based on this one and a recent ID by Martin.

i've pruned through the unidentified flies a few times to pick off the easy ones. I'll look into editorship. I'm more enthusiastic than I am knowledgable, and I'm wrong more than I'd like to be, for instance with that Bombyli*id, Paraco*smus, that I thought was a There*vid. Thanks for letting me know i'm helpful.

Keith, you've certainly helped me plenty.
We all make mistakes, and I make lots. You're definitely on the low end of the error scale, from what I can see. (I'm looking from near the other end!)

Also, this site seems to come alive once someone makes their evaluation, and the interplay often generates a valid solution, even if it isn't the first one out of the box. Your enthusiasm may start many such lively discussions, and we can all learn from them. Go for it!

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