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Old Tuesday 11th August 2009, 20:13   #201
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No.5 looks like Eristalis horticola
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2009, 10:16   #202
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I thought I would add this Sphaerophoria scripta hoverfly, could not see one when I searched, image from the top view. From Orton Brick Pits Cambs
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2009, 10:32   #203
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I've posted this request on the main board too, but although it's getting views it's not getting responses, so I'm casting the net a bit further.


Are these Narcissus flies? They were feeding in a coniferous forest in inland Northumberland today

1. Arctophila fulva (superabiens as now called). Great find, never seen one despite looking for 25years!
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2009, 16:30   #204
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Thanks John.

It was a complete accident. I'd been photographing a bee a minute or two earlier and it moved off. I thought I was photographing the same thing when I took this, and it wasn't until I got the photos downloaded onto the computer that I realised I had three shots of a bee, (I think it's a tawny mining bee)but the insect in the fourth photo had the face of a fly.

Thanks for your help. Neither of the two hoverflies you identified are in my book (Collins British Insects).
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2009, 17:26   #205
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I've been out today looking for Arctophila in upland pine plantation in S.Yorks - no luck, as usual, but I did see Eriozona syrphoides.
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2009, 18:49   #206
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No.5 looks like Eristalis horticola
Thanks, John,
I'm wondering whether another view of #3 would help?
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2009, 19:52   #207
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I think it must be another Scaeva pyrastri although its not as immediately obvious as most examples of this species - for some reason I can't explain.
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2009, 21:01   #208
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Thanks, John. I'm pretty sure that it was appreciably smaller than the one you called S pyrastri before but I'm not 100%.
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I've been out today looking for Arctophila in upland pine plantation in S.Yorks - no luck, as usual, but I did see Eriozona syrphoides.
I don't know if you make it up into these parts John, but I found that one in the Harwood forest, on a public path just north of Harwood village, at a point 55°12'46"N, 2°00'06"W (OS Co-ords NZ000910).



http://www.multimap.com/s/kvAS9qgA



Park in the layby just south of the village (no parking in the village) and walk north through the village and up the main track through the forest.

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Old Thursday 13th August 2009, 17:36   #210
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Thanks for that - you never know when I might be passing!
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Old Thursday 13th August 2009, 19:17   #211
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Hi.

Can anybody id this hoverfly for me taken today in the garden.Any help would be really appreciated.

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Old Thursday 13th August 2009, 20:31   #212
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Episyrphus balteatus. Very distinctive.
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Old Thursday 13th August 2009, 23:04   #213
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Thanks very much Brian.I'm finding photography of hoverflies a fascinating subject and as i'm fairly new to this group it's quite a challenge when it comes to identifying them and looking back on my records i now recognise the above but missed it somehow when browsing through my images.Many thanks again Brian for the id.

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Old Sunday 16th August 2009, 23:38   #214
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Hi

Can anyone id these hovers for me? any help would be greatly appreciated.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...rtonaug155.jpg

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http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...rtonaug162.jpg

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Old Monday 17th August 2009, 04:48   #215
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I think:

1 Helophilus trivittatus
2 Eristalis interruptus
3 E. tenax
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Old Monday 17th August 2009, 10:49   #216
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Many thanks for your reply aeshna,much appreciated.

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Old Monday 17th August 2009, 17:02   #217
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Is Helophilus trivittatus a relatively common species?

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Old Monday 17th August 2009, 18:45   #218
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trivittatus can be locally common - I found it at Old Moor this year in some numbers, but its certainly not everywhere like H.pendulus
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Old Tuesday 18th August 2009, 00:05   #219
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Many thanks John.

The image was taken at a garden centre in Cheshire and was in reasonable numbers on various flower heads.

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Old Wednesday 26th August 2009, 08:42   #220
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Big Hoverfly

Hello, just thought i would post this photo that i took down near Exmouth, Devon whilst out on a walk along the Coast Path.
I have never seen a hoverfly so big, nearly an inch long ! I have been told it is called '' Volucella Zonaria '' - Britains Largest Hoverfly.
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Old Saturday 29th August 2009, 12:52   #221
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Confirmation of hoverfly IDs (UK)

Hello

The attached photos were all taken in Cumbria a few days ago. Have I got them right?

1 Heliophilus pendulus

2 Sericomyia silentis

3 Eristalis pertinax

I'm new to hoverflies, and they're the best matches I managed to find from photos posted on the net.

Many thanks

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Old Saturday 29th August 2009, 19:40   #222
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look ok, although Eristalis sp are tricky from photos
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Old Saturday 29th August 2009, 22:20   #223
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Old Monday 21st September 2009, 14:54   #224
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Hello

Can anyone ID this hoverfly please?

I took the photo in Cumbria a few weeks ago but forgot about it!

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Old Monday 21st September 2009, 15:13   #225
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Quick guess Leucozona laternaria

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Can anyone ID this hoverfly please?

I took the photo in Cumbria a few weeks ago but forgot about it!

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