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Old Sunday 11th March 2007, 17:27   #4
paul mabbott
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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.
http://www-biol.paisley.ac.uk/bioref...balteatus.html 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?
Cheers, Paul
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Originally Posted by aeshna5
1 Violet Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa sp.
2 Marmalade Fly , Episyrphus balteatus
3 Slender Skimmer, Orthetrum sabina
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