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The Hoverfly Thread (1 Viewer)

On the first picture you can see the mandibles (jaws); hover flies have a sucking pad instead.
Thanks for the replies especially the explanation from Welsh Peregrine - I have lots to learn

I've attached 4 more which I need help with. I think 001 may be Eristalis Intricaria and 002 could be Sphaerophorea and the other two I can't work out. Hopefully someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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Ficedula

velico ergo sum
Thanks for the replies especially the explanation from Welsh Peregrine - I have lots to learn

I've attached 4 more which I need help with. I think 001 may be Eristalis Intricaria and 002 could be Sphaerophorea and the other two I can't work out. Hopefully someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
#1 Eristalis (probably tenax, not intricaria)
#2 Sphaerophoria scripta
#3 Syrphus sp
#4 Eupeodes sp
 
Thanks for your help Ficedula.

I only have 2 more at the moment and I'm not even sure that the second one (3 views) is a hoverfly - any help from anyone appreciated.
 

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Surreybirder

Ken Noble
Thanks for the replies especially the explanation from Welsh Peregrine - I have lots to learn

I've attached 4 more which I need help with. I think 001 may be Eristalis Intricaria and 002 could be Sphaerophorea and the other two I can't work out. Hopefully someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
I think that #1 is probably another E arbustorum
#2 is probably Sphaerophoria scripta
#3 is prob a Syrphus sp.
#4 is prob a Eupeodes sp.
You need someone more experienced than me to go further.
 

John In Ireland

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Ireland
Glad i found this thread! I didn't realise how many different hoverflies there were. I know most have to be identified by dissection or microscopic means. I was wondering if anyone could give me a guide to this one. I have found this thread now. Can anyone recommend a good site for identification guides?
 

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Surreybirder

Ken Noble
Glad i found this thread! I didn't realise how many different hoverflies there were. I know most have to be identified by dissection or microscopic means. I was wondering if anyone could give me a guide to this one. I have found this thread now. Can anyone recommend a good site for identification guides?
Hi, John,
there are various reference books to the Syrphidae... the most accessible is 'Britain's Hoverflies' by Ball & Morris. It helps you to get to genus level and within each genus it shows those species that can be identified without the aid of a microscope. It is not an easy read, though! At least, I often find myself struggling. There is a really excellent Facebook group which Roger Morris spends a lot of time on. I'm not really aware of many on-line resources although there may well be local groups. In general, I find https://www.naturespot.org.uk/ a very useful site for wildlife although it is focused on the English midlands rather than Ireland!
 
Is it possible to identify this for me. I'm not even sure it's a hoverfly.
It was taken in my garden in Suffolk, UK today. Not the best angle but it's the only shot I've got.
 

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Could this be Xylota jakutorum?
I'm trying to identify hoverflies but still finding it difficult even with a field guide
 

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