Pete Sharp gave me a parasitic fly (Tachinidae) that he had raised from the pupa of lunar yellow underwing Noctua orbona taken at Lakenheath in Suffolk on 12th April. It turned out to be Pales pavida. The lunar yellow underwing is not listed as a host for this fly but other Noctua species are given. I am always happy to try to identify parasitic flies that the lepidopterists find when raising larvae. Pete has provided me with some good records of parasitic flies and their hosts and I pass on all the details to the Tachinid Recording Scheme.
The Pitsford Reserve moth traps are yielding a good number of flies now. Craneflies seem particularly attracted to the lights and up to the end of April there had been several Tipula oleracea and T. vittata. The small cranefly Trimicra pilipes was taken several times in the trap by the water's edge. This distinctive species has very hairy legs, particularly in the male. It is associated with draw-down zones of water bodies so Pitsford is probably an ideal habitat for it.