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Empis tessellata

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Empis tessellata is a large species of dance fly, in the fly family Empididae. In the United Kingdom, Adults can be seen from April to August, particularly on the flowers of umbellifers. At about 8.5–12 millimetres (0.3–0.5 in), it is the largest British Empis species, thought there are other similar sized species in mainland Europe.[1]


  1. ^ a b Collin, J. E. (1961). British Flies VI: Empididae Part 2: Hybotinae, Empidinae (except Hilara) 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 329. 
  2. ^ Chandler, Peter J. (1998). "Checklists of Insects of the British Isles (New Series) Part 1: Diptera". Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. New Series 12 (1) (London: Royal Entomological Society of London). p. 234. ISBN 0-901546-82-8. 


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