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Old Saturday 10th March 2007, 18:15   #1
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Insects from Bahrain

I went out on Friday morning to do some bird photography. Unfortunately there were few birds around at the first location so I photographed a few insects. If anyone can identify the linked pictures I'd appreciate it.

1. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20..._2760_800w.jpg

2. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20..._2781_800w.jpg

3. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20..._5273_800w.jpg
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1 Violet Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa sp.
2 Marmalade Fly , Episyrphus balteatus
3 Slender Skimmer, Orthetrum sabina
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1 Violet Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa sp.
2 Marmalade Fly , Episyrphus balteatus
3 Slender Skimmer, Orthetrum sabina
Thank you very much for that, it's greatly appreciated.
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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?
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Old Sunday 11th March 2007, 17:29   #5
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Don't be so apologetic about photographing insects - some of us here only photograph birds when there are no insects around!
Nice pics.
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I went out on Friday morning to do some bird photography. Unfortunately there were few birds around at the first location so I photographed a few insects. If anyone can identify the linked pictures I'd appreciate it.

1. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20..._2760_800w.jpg

2. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20..._2781_800w.jpg

3. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20..._5273_800w.jpg
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Old Sunday 11th March 2007, 17:49   #6
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Don't be so apologetic about photographing insects - some of us here only photograph birds when there are no insects around!
Nice pics.
I'm now glad I photographed them.

BTW was that a pun about the marmalade fly not spreading to Arabia?

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BTW was that a pun about the marmalade fly not spreading to Arabia?
Groan ......
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I'm now glad I photographed them.

BTW was that a pun about the marmalade fly not spreading to Arabia?
It's actually Saudi Arabia, not Arabia. Not to offend you or anything by the way
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