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Old Thursday 30th December 2010, 09:43   #376
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hf6 - Old Winchester Hill, September probably E. arbustorum
hf7 (two pics) - Old Winchester Hill, September Platychirus hf7a looks like albimanus but hf7b does not so if these are same individual best leave it at Platychirus.
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Old Thursday 30th December 2010, 10:04   #377
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Old Thursday 30th December 2010, 15:39   #378
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hf7 (two pics) - Old Winchester Hill, September Platychirus hf7a looks like albimanus but hf7b does not so if these are same individual best leave it at Platychirus.
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Old Friday 18th March 2011, 09:48   #379
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Eristalis species

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This specimen was photographed at Witheridge Moor on Wednesday (17/03/2011). I have it down as Eristalis pertinax. Would that be a good conclsusion?

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Old Monday 28th March 2011, 20:05   #380
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Evening,

I have attached three images of a small slim hoverfly species seen at Riverside Valley Park (Exeter, Devon, UK) last Friday. Does it look good for Sphaerophoria scripta?

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Old Tuesday 29th March 2011, 09:21   #381
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probably but all females so cannot be safely named
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Old Tuesday 29th March 2011, 21:50   #382
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That's a shame but thanks anyway Ficedula.
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Old Sunday 3rd April 2011, 09:11   #383
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ID : Eupeodes corollae

Hello,

This was seen yesterday at Exminster Marshes in Devon. I have it down as Eupeodes corollae. Would that be good?

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Old Sunday 10th April 2011, 20:54   #384
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Astonished - How common is this?

Sitting in the garden today. A couple of hoverflies around, I held up a finger arm outstrechted to a Hoverfly and after a few comings and goings it came very close to my finger and then landed. It stayed there for about 10-15 seconds, then as I moved my finger slightly toward me it left.

It was quite a moment and I felt honoured, is this common?
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Old Sunday 10th April 2011, 21:04   #385
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Hi there

Love your words of wisdom here...everyone

This photo was taken on Saturday just past at Fen Drayton Lakes, and I would love to know what this beauty is?

Thank you

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Hi Kathy,
looks to me like a Honey Bee [Apis mellifera]. But hard to be sure from the angle of the shot.
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Love your words of wisdom here...everyone

This photo was taken on Saturday just past at Fen Drayton Lakes, and I would love to know what this beauty is?

Thank you

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Sitting in the garden today. A couple of hoverflies around, I held up a finger arm outstrechted to a Hoverfly and after a few comings and goings it came very close to my finger and then landed. It stayed there for about 10-15 seconds, then as I moved my finger slightly toward me it left.

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Never happened to me Jamie :o)
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Old Sunday 10th April 2011, 22:27   #388
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This was seen yesterday at Exminster Marshes in Devon. I have it down as Eupeodes corollae. Would that be good?

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Hi Andrew,
yes - E. corollae looks favourite; a female I think.
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This was seen yesterday at Exminster Marshes in Devon. I have it down as Eupeodes corollae. Would that be good?

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not corollae, use Falk and Stubbs's key, you will probably come to lunulata.
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looks to me like a Honey Bee [Apis mellifera]. But hard to be sure from the angle of the shot.
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Thank you Steve

Still new at this and will have some more photos this year for sure. Love to know about this subject area

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Old Monday 11th April 2011, 21:06   #391
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not corollae, use Falk and Stubbs's key, you will probably come to lunulata.
Evening,

In the end it came to E. luniger.

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Hoverfly I/D

Can anyone please I/D these two hoverflies? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old Tuesday 12th April 2011, 20:55   #393
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The first is not a hoverfly, it's a Bee Fly (Bombyliidae), Bombylius major.

The second is a female Eristalis sp.
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Old Tuesday 12th April 2011, 21:05   #394
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I'm just sorting through some photos from last summer and wondered what this hoverfly is. This group is one I'm hoping to get into this summer, but as a beginner I'm finding the keys in Stubbs and Falk tricky to use. Hopefully, things will get easier with practice! In the meantime, any help would be appreciated.
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I'm just sorting through some photos from last summer and wondered what this hoverfly is. This group is one I'm hoping to get into this summer, but as a beginner I'm finding the keys in Stubbs and Falk tricky to use. Hopefully, things will get easier with practice! In the meantime, any help would be appreciated.
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Stubbs & Falk is not constructed to allow identification of photos. You need to take specimens and key them under microscope, or at least with a hand lens. once you have learnt them this way then field/photo identification becomes possible in many cases.
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Thanks Ficedula. That's good news - I'd provisionally keyed it out and ended up with Syrphus ribesii based on the yellow hind femora but then saw the plate and thought i'd made a mistake. The part of the key I found tricky was assessing the squama - especially as I had never even heard this term before yesterday. As a completely new group to me, knowing if I was even in the right area of the keys was the vital thing.
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Old Saturday 7th May 2011, 20:46   #398
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Hello,

I have a late one. This hoverfly species was seen at Dawlish Warren on the 7th April 2011. I have it down tentatively as Sphaerophoria scripta and wanted to ask if that would be right?

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Photographed at Napton Reservoir on 04/05/2011. Not one I've encountered before.
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