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House hunters

Observed: 1st October 2011 By: RefugeeRefugee’s reputation in InvertebratesRefugee’s reputation in InvertebratesRefugee’s reputation in Invertebrates
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These Honey bee mimics look like they are searching for a winter retreat. They look like some kind of hover fly with shiny bodies and were house hunting in a north facing lime stone cave. They waved there tails when they landed just like some hover flies do. There was even one that had become a meal for a spider. They were noisy and that is what drew me to them. They were hard to take pictures of as they did not settle for more than a fleeting moment each time.

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Wing shading

On the settled ones this may help a little more though.
I have examined the images a little more and it does indeed look like they are all the same. The camera flash covered the markings a bit on the front segment of the tails a bit.


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Unfortunately, the orange markings on the abdomen are very variable and are shared to some extent by all members of the genus, so tenax cannot be claimed on that feature. The wing shading is also a common feature of the genus. To be sure of tenax you need to see the lines of hairs down the eye and the dark, hairy rear tibiae.


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Going further

48 Hours is my estimate to gain access to gate keys. The spider victim is within reach for further research though if there is enough interest.