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Opetiid Fly

On foliage near a fungus-covered log: a small black fly, probably a male Opetia nigra (Diptera: Opetiidae).  O.nigra is the only UK species in the family Opetiidae, which was recently split off from the Platypezidae. 

The Opetia wing-vein pattern differs from those of the Platypezidae (see here, here, here, here and here).

Photos taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2011-11-30.

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