And just like that yesterday’s cute little fly has a name, Acletoxenus formosus, thanks to a fellow biodiversity recorder, Graham. Amazingly, my sighting appears to be just the second record of this species in Wales, though I’m sure that’s due to the fact that it’s under-recorded because of its tiny size, rather than because of its rarity. Once I knew its name, I was able to find a short video of its trademark sideways shuffle, thanks to wildlife photographer and enthusiast Phil Booker, who also gives a bit more information about the fly in the description box of his video.
That’s a fascinating creature and the video is very interesting.
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I wish now I’d taken a video of it scuttling across the leaf but I was pleased to find Phil’s. It always amazes me what can result from a little leaf staring and turning. 🙂