Update on Flies and Fungi

I sent Murdo 37 flies captured between late July and early November, all but one from our house and garden on Raasay. Two were notable. Firstly, a House-fly (Musca domestica) collected on 6th September made me the fourth person to have found it in Scotland! This has been a quest for HBRG recently, see:

Summer challenge 2015
The House-fly Musca domestica

Secondly, a related fly Mydaea urbana is also uncommon in Scotland and my record from Raasay represents the farthest west so far in the Highlands.

Meanwhile, Dave is having second thoughts about the species of Scutellinia – the eyelash fungus from the Loch Duagrich area and may need a second specimen next year.

Also, the small black fungus on fennel that I thought might be Heterosphaeria patella may not be – perhaps a pyrenomycete.

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