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Rotherbirder

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No- the dark stigma is a clue. It's Dasysyrphus albostriatus, I believe.

Howard,

Despite the apparently dark stigma, the image shows a female Syrphus sp. and not D.albostriatus; it is not 'doable' to species. The abdominal markings are wrong and it clearly lacks the pair of whitish longitudinal stripes on the thorax of D.albostriatus which give it its name.

RB
 

cafe birder

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Thanks Rotherbirder. I was doubting the key which diverged at yellow face. Weather not suitable for more hoverflies yet and concentrated on my plan to break my own patch list record during April. Will get stuck in again in a couple of weeks.
Regards Howard
 

The Moore-hen

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Very new to Hoverflies, so be gentle with me, and any advice much appreciated. Caught a few recently in my garden and my best guesses are:

1+2: Eristalis tenax?
3: Volucella zonaria
4+5: Platycheirus scutatus?
 

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Ficedula

velico ergo sum
Very new to Hoverflies, so be gentle with me, and any advice much appreciated. Caught a few recently in my garden and my best guesses are:

1+2: Eristalis tenax?
3: Volucella zonaria
4+5: Platycheirus scutatus?
1+2 correct
3. V. inanis
5. Platychirus albimanus, presumably 4 same individual
 

The Moore-hen

Association of Satirical Birders & Ornitholigists
1+2 correct
3. V. inanis
5. Platychirus albimanus, presumably 4 same individual

Excellent, thank you!

I’d identified 3. as inanis based on underside view, so don’t know why I put the other!

Yes 4 & 5 same individual. I’d ruled out albimanus as body had yellow as opposed to grey markings but photo doesn’t show it well. Can they also have yellow? I saw a few presumed albimanus too but couldn’t get any photos.

Thanks again

Ian
 

The Moore-hen

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I've got a few more from over the last few days that I've tried to ID:

1+2: Sphaerophoria scripta? But maybe not identifiable conclusively...
2+3: Not sure!
5: another Eristalis tenax?
 

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Rotherbirder

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I've got a few more from over the last few days that I've tried to ID:

1+2: Sphaerophoria scripta? But maybe not identifiable conclusively...
2+3: Not sure!
5: another Eristalis tenax?

Sorry, missed this one!

1+2: Correct; a male (tips of folded wings fall short of abdomen tip)
3+4: Syrphus sp; a female. Probably ribesii (all yellow hind femur possibly visible in 3)
5: Eristalis sp; a male; Probably tenax (dark tarsus possibly visible on protruding foreleg).

RB
 

Sharpbill

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Bumblebee mimic for ID

I took these poor photos of what looks like a Bumblebee mimic in Cheshire last May. I have a species in mind but it appears to be a rarity in my area. I hope the photos are good enough for someone to suggest an ID.

John
 

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Rotherbirder

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I took these poor photos of what looks like a Bumblebee mimic in Cheshire last May. I have a species in mind but it appears to be a rarity in my area. I hope the photos are good enough for someone to suggest an ID.

John

Looks like Merodon equestris (Greater Bulb Fly) so probably not the rarity that you were considering.

RB
 

Sharpbill

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Thank you RB and Ficedula,

I should have known better than to consider a rarity, always go for the commoner alternative first.
 

Keith Dickinson

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So is this a 'dead' thread or are there any others who would be interested in bringing this back to life? I got into hovers three years or so ago and now keep a spreadsheet of my sightings for the HRS. I never thought to venture into this part of BF before
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
So is this a 'dead' thread or are there any others who would be interested in bringing this back to life? I got into hovers three years or so ago and now keep a spreadsheet of my sightings for the HRS. I never thought to venture into this part of BF before
Well, it's kind of alive now ... not many hoverflies out there at the moment though?!?
 

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