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The Hoverfly Thread (1 Viewer)

Surreybirder

Ken Noble
I thought I'd post a few pix from this month. They've all been verified by people better than me! I forgot to label the first one - Scaeva pyrastri, one of the easier ones to ID.
 

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Surreybirder

Ken Noble
I've had this one confirmed as Eristalis arbustorum. Not so easy these hoverflies!
 

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Rotherbirder

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Looks more like tenax to me.
Agree, the broad facial stripe does confirm it to be tenax; as I said initially, I would have liked to see a shot of the face from the outset. Why not post it when you had it? Interestingly, the vertical bands of hairs on eyes also typical of tenax aren't visible in your shots. Just shows how unreliable identifying to species from mediocre images can be!

RB
 

colincurry

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England
Agree, the broad facial stripe does confirm it to be tenax; as I said initially, I would have liked to see a shot of the face from the outset. Why not post it when you had it? Interestingly, the vertical bands of hairs on eyes also typical of tenax aren't visible in your shots. Just shows how unreliable identifying to species from mediocre images can be!

RB
Because I know very little about hoverflies and clearly mistakenly thought the two pics would be sufficient. Appreciate your help but not the belittlement
 

Surreybirder

Ken Noble
Thanks, Paul. The learning curve continues.

Colin
In general (but not always), the ideal is to have dorsal, side and front views of a hoverfly you want to ID. There are various files about what to photograph, and the most commonly photographed species on the hoverfly Facebook group. Well worth joining if you want to pursue the subject. A lot of them are quite tricky but there is a fair number that can be done from photographs.
 

pdwinter

Paul Winter
In general (but not always), the ideal is to have dorsal, side and front views of a hoverfly you want to ID. There are various files about what to photograph, and the most commonly photographed species on the hoverfly Facebook group. Well worth joining if you want to pursue the subject. A lot of them are quite tricky but there is a fair number that can be done from photographs.
Agree with Ken - the facebook group Facebook Groups is well worth joining. It's where I learnt to look at thickened hind tibia (I note that in my rush to annotate your pic I've mistakenly typed femur - will correct later!) first when I see an Eristalis after Roger Morris had corrected a few of my attempted IDs - always good when someone who wrote the book can take the time to help out.
 

Rotherbirder

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Because I know very little about hoverflies and clearly mistakenly thought the two pics would be sufficient. Appreciate your help but not the belittlement
Sorry?! I fail to see where the 'belittlement ' was in my reply. The images accompanying your post are less than ideal when it comes to identifying syrphids; I'm no great shakes as a photographer myself, so I know a mediocre image when I see one! If you were offended by this fact, then I'll ensure that I don't respond to your requests in future to protect your delicate sensibilities.

RB
 
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