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Hoverfly ID Please (1 Viewer)


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After getting a new macro lens and always having an interest in Hoverflies and other insects. I thought I'd try to get to know them better.........
I now realise that Hoverflies are challenging, but armed with my new Ball/Morris here goes my first attempt.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/50048310012/in/dateposted-public/

Looks to me like Sphaerophoria interrupta?

I get that Ball/Morris say that definitive identification is not possible with closer examination but it looks identical to the picture that they have used in their book.


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Congratulations, you have the correct genus (Sphaerophoria) - but that is as far as you will get. It is a female and female Sphaerophoria can't be done - full stop! Even males can't be done 100% without microscopic examination of genitalia but females remain a mystery for the moment.

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