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Hoverfly - Eriozona syrphoides

Observed: 22nd August 2011 By: yorkieyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebratesyorkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
E. syrphoides 1f IMG_0268
E. syrphoides 1f IMG_0268 1
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Description:

A new species for me, I saw this large, bumblebee mimic hoverfly in a mixed, damp woodland valley on hogweed flowers. The bright yellow face, pale yellow scutellum, dark wing patch and the red tip to the abdomen (the tergite surface is red) have led me to the id. The field guide says this species is usually recorded in spruce plantations or mixed woodland where spruce is present. Conifers are present at the location I found it, but I'd need to check on a future visit whether spruce are present.

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ophrys's picture

Eriozona

Fantastic...never seen one, but would love to! :)

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oceanlis2000's picture

Great shots Yorkie- what a

Great shots Yorkie- what a fantastic fly

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Thanks for the comments

I was really lucky that this hoverfly was busy feeding and decided to ignore me. It was disturbed several times by other flies, but kept returning to the flower head to keep feeding. As a result I was able to take a lot of shots - which I usually need as I really struggle to get decent shots of dark flies on white flowers, as it seems impossible to get the exposure right! I knew it was a new species for me but didn't know it's identity until I returned home.

Yorkie