Several were seen in this hedgerow particularly on the Cow Parsley and dog Rose.
No interactions present.
This looks to be a female, as the eyes seem to be diverging at the top of the head, rather than parallel. Without a decent view of the hind tibia, it is difficult to rule out H. hybridus, from this photo. You are probably right, though...
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Many thanks for your expertise on many of my observations. As I am new to this subject you provide very helpful information. However I couldn't understand your comments on my Scorpion fly.
Thank you once again.
If that was the one on a thistle, then the point was that you can only identify these from a picture from above. Your picture was from the side.
Scorpion flies can only be identified if they are a male, with a 'sting'. Males hold their genital capsule up, forward, above their body. That exposes the ventral side, which happens to hold the differentiating signs.
[Females cannot de done without dissection]
A good place to check this out is...
The Topsham Naturalist...an interesting site, which hopefully will be picked up again soon.
Many thanks, a much kinder reply from you and I will look on the website you suggested and study the information you provided. Nice to have a mentor at my amateur stage!!
Lat/Lng: 50.8, -4.4
OS grid ref: SS3403