In July i photographed this strange looking fly that was sunning in next doors garden, my first thoughts was a hover fly species, but after failing to find a hover fly species that looked like this, i turned my attention to a bee species but still after extensive search could not find anything, so i just left it go unidentified until i came across it again while sorting through my photo's, i placed the photo on face book to see if anyone could identify it, and Geri Foster Thomas did manage to identify it as a member of the tabanidae or horsefly as we know it. It's one of a group of very similar species known as the atylotus group otherwise known as the golden horsefly group. The group of 4 species are all rare. The only species that is known to be recorded in wales is the actual golden horsefly (atylotus fulvus) which has been recorded from near the south wales coast but also flushed from 300m up in the welsh mountains. Geri Thomas as advised me to get the record into SEWBREC as soon as possible which i have done, i'm waiting for a reply from SEWBREC to confirm this and hopefully have a bit more info on this species.
A BIG THANKS TO GERI FOR THE IDENTITY
HERE ARE SOME IMAGES OF THE GOLDEN HORSE FLY