2 certainly looks like E. balteatus but I was surprised to hear of it from Bahrain (not from any knowledge but because middle-eastern insects don't normally extend their range into NW Europe and vice versa). Can't find any detailed info on this.
says Europe & Asia (it spreads eastwards to the Pacific, for sure) while http://www.syrphidae.com/specie.php?...ntinent=Europe
suggests it doesn't go SE in Europe (I've never seen it in Greece for instance) and therefore probably wouldn't spread over Arabia?
Might it be a similar species? Anyone got a tame syrphid expert?
Originally Posted by aeshna5
1 Violet Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa sp.
2 Marmalade Fly , Episyrphus balteatus
3 Slender Skimmer, Orthetrum sabina