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Mesembrina meridiana (Mid-day Fly)

Synonyms: Mesembrina ingrica

Wikipedia Abstract

Mesembrina meridiana is a species of fly, sometimes known as the noon fly. It is widespread and common between late April and late October, particularly in cattle-rearing areas. It is a large black fly with orange colouration on the base of its wings, on the feet and the face. Adults are most often seen on cow dung, basking in open ground or visiting flowers to feed upon nectar. Eggs are laid in cow dung, the larvae are carnivorous, and feed on other fly larvae within the dung.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Afon Teifi/ River Teifi 1768 Wales, United Kingdom  
Afonydd Cleddau/ Cleddau Rivers 1855 Wales, United Kingdom  
Birklands and Bilhaugh 672 England, United Kingdom  
Cadair Idris 9353 Wales, United Kingdom
Cairngorms 142543 Scotland, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay Dunes/ Twyni Bae Caerfyrddin 2981 Wales, United Kingdom
Coedydd Aber 855 Wales, United Kingdom  
Coedydd Derw a Safleoedd Ystlumod Meirion/ Meirionnydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites 6953 Wales, United Kingdom
Cors Caron 2130 Wales, United Kingdom
Cors Fochno 1613 Wales, United Kingdom
Corsydd Eifionydd 357 Wales, United Kingdom  
Corsydd Llyn/ Lleyn Fens 701 Wales, United Kingdom
Corsydd Môn/ Anglesey Fens 1154 Wales, United Kingdom  
Crymlyn Bog/ Cors Crymlyn 740 Wales, United Kingdom
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Firth of Tay & Eden Estuary 38085 Scotland, United Kingdom
Glannau Ynys Gybi/ Holy Island Coast 1147 Wales, United Kingdom  
Gower Ash Woods/ Coedydd Ynn Gwyr 576 Wales, United Kingdom
Gower Commons/ Tiroedd Comin Gwyr 4390 Wales, United Kingdom
Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs 3577 England, United Kingdom
Kenfig/ Cynffig 2945 Wales, United Kingdom
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Loch Maree Complex 38882 Scotland, United Kingdom
Loch Ussie 254 Scotland, United Kingdom
Mendip Limestone Grasslands 1032 England, United Kingdom
Moor House – Upper Teesdale 95867 England, United Kingdom
Moray Firth 373987 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Morfa Harlech a Morfa Dyffryn 2626 Wales, United Kingdom
North Northumberland Dunes 2836 England, United Kingdom  
North Pembrokeshire Woodlands/ Coedydd Gogledd Sir Benfro 780 Wales, United Kingdom  
North Somerset and Mendip Bats 1387 England, United Kingdom
North West Pembrokeshire Commons/ Comins Gogledd Orllewin Sir Benfro 615 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pembrokeshire Bat Sites and Bosherston Lakes/ Safleoedd Ystlum Sir Benfro a Llynnoedd Bosherston 303 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Preseli 6686 Wales, United Kingdom  
Raeburn Flow 158 Scotland, United Kingdom
Rhos Goch 167 Wales, United Kingdom  
Rhos Llawr-cwrt 114 Wales, United Kingdom  
River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake 4529 England, United Kingdom
River Spey 14158 Scotland, United Kingdom
Roman Wall Loughs 1691 England, United Kingdom  
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
South Solway Mosses 4849 England, United Kingdom
South Wight Maritime 49082 England, United Kingdom
The Broads 14554 England, United Kingdom  
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
The Stiperstones and The Hollies 1486 England, United Kingdom  
Wast Water 707 England, United Kingdom
Witherslack Mosses 1202 England, United Kingdom
Y Twyni o Abermenai i Aberffraw/ Abermenai to Aberffraw Dunes 4623 Wales, United Kingdom  
Yewbarrow Woods 279 England, United Kingdom


Prey / Diet

Heracleum sphondylium subsp. granatense[1]
Tanacetum bipinnatum subsp. bipinnatum (Tansy)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Apis mellifera (honey bee)2
Autographa gamma (Silver Y Moth)2
Bombus lucorum (White-tailed bumblebee)2
Cerapteryx graminis (antler moth)2
Chrysotoxum cautum2
Cynomya mortuorum (Bluebottle Blow Fly )2
Dasysyrphus tricinctus2
Dichrorampha petiverella2
Dilophus febrilis (Fever Fly)2
Empis livida2
Eristalis arbustorum2
Eristalis pertinax2
Eupeodes latifasciatus2
Eupeodes luniger2
Graphomya maculata2
Helophilus pendulus (Striped Hover Fly)2
Helophilus trivittatus (Sun Fly)2
Meliscaeva cinctella2
Musca autumnalis (face fly)2
Myrmica rubra (Red Ant)2
Neoascia podagrica2
Neomyia cornicina2
Paradelia intersecta2
Pollenia rudis (cluster fly)2
Protophormia terraenovae (northern blowfly)2
Sarcophaga carnaria (Camouflaged Flesh Fly)2
Scaeva pyrastri2
Scathophaga stercoraria (Common Yellow Dung Fly)2
Sciara hemerobioides2
Sepsis flavimana2
Siphona cristata2
Sphaerophoria scripta2
Stenurella melanura2
Volucella pellucens (White-banded Drone Fly)2
Yponomeuta padella (Common Hawthorn Ermel Moth)2


Acrocephalus palustris (Marsh Warbler)[1]
Alauda arvensis (Sky Lark)[1]
Amaurobius similis (Lace webbed spider)[1]
Anthus pratensis (Meadow Pipit)[1]
Anthus spinoletta (Water Pipit)[1]
Anthus trivialis (Tree Pipit)[1]
Apus apus (Common Swift)[1]
Araneus diadematus (Cross garden spider)[1]
Araneus quadratus (Spider)[1]
Argiope bruennichi (Bruennich's garden spider)[1]
Asilus crabroniformis[2]
Cantharis fusca <Unverified Name>[1]
Cantharis obscura <Unverified Name>[1]
Certhia familiaris (Eurasian Treecreeper)[1]
Coloeus monedula (Western Jackdaw)[1]
Corvus corone (Carrion Crow)[1]
Cyanistes caeruleus (Blue Tit)[1]
Delichon urbicum (Common house-martin and northern house-martin)[1]
Dolichovespula media (Median Wasp)[1]
Dolichovespula saxonica (Saxon Wasp)[1]
Dolichovespula sylvestris (Tree Wasp)[1]
Emberiza citrinella (Yellowhammer)[1]
Emberiza schoeniclus (Reed Bunting)[1]
Entomophthora muscae[1]
Ficedula hypoleuca (European Pied Flycatcher)[1]
Fringilla coelebs (Common Chaffinch)[1]
Haplodrassus dalmatensis[1]
Hirundo rustica (Barn Swallow)[1]
Lanius collurio (Red-backed Shrike)[1]
Larinioides cornutus (Furrow Orbweaver)[1]
Leiobunum rotundum <Unverified Name>[1]
Locustella naevia (Common Grasshopper Warbler)[1]
Lophophanes cristatus (European Crested Tit)[1]
Motacilla flava (Western Yellow Wagtail)[1]
Muscicapa striata (Spotted Flycatcher)[1]
Oenanthe oenanthe (Northern Wheatear)[1]
Parus major (Great Tit)[1]
Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)[1]
Passer montanus (Eurasian Tree Sparrow)[1]
Phoenicurus ochruros (Black Redstart)[1]
Phoenicurus phoenicurus (Common Redstart)[1]
Pholcus phalangioides (Long-bodied cellar spider)[1]
Phylloscopus collybita (Common Chiffchaff)[1]
Phylloscopus sibillatrix (Wood Warbler)[1]
Phylloscopus trochilus (Willow Warbler)[1]
Pica pica (Eurasian Magpie)[1]
Pisaura mirabilis (Tent Spider)[1]
Prunella modularis (Dunnock)[1]
Pyrrhula pyrrhula (Eurasian Bullfinch)[1]
Rana temporaria (European frog)[1]
Rilaena triangularis <Unverified Name>[1]
Saxicola rubicola (European Stonechat)[1]
Sitta europaea (Eurasian Nuthatch)[1]
Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)[1]
Sylvia atricapilla (Eurasian Blackcap)[1]
Sylvia borin (Garden Warbler)[1]
Trachyzelotes pedestris[1]
Troglodytes troglodytes (Winter Wren)[1]
Turdus torquatus (Ring Ouzel)[1]
Turdus viscivorus (Mistle Thrush)[1]
Vanellus vanellus (Northern Lapwing)[1]
Vespa crabro (European hornet)[1]
Vespula germanica (European wasp)[1]
Vespula rufa (Red Wasp)[1]
Vespula vulgaris (English wasp)[1]
Xysticus cristatus (Wandering Crab Spider)[1]
Xysticus erraticus[1]
Zelotes latreillei[1]


Europe: (incl. Corsica), (incl. ?Sicily), Russia: Asia: Mongolia, China; North Africa: ?Algeria;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Ecology of Commanster
2Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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