Definitely a Chrysotoxum species, is it Chrysotoxum cautum?
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The 1st antennal segment looks longer than the 2nd, which means it isn't C. cautum. It doesn't appear to have the broken black lines of C. octomaculatum (though this is variable and the wings obscure it a little). Other possibilities are the similar C. verralli and C. elegans. C. elegans is generally further south. The pattern on tergite 2 (small black semicircle on the rear of the black band, front black edge fairly narrow and not strongly curved back) appears more like C. verralli. Scutellum hairs appear to be all dark. C. verralli is known from the midlands and often around trees though a grassland species. I'm not 100% sure, but worth an ID I think,
Thanks for that full explanation, much appreciated; C. verralli does sound the more likely option.
Although it was in woodland it was only woodland edge next to a damp meadow (including common reed, meadowsweet, etc.).
Dear Dioctria, brilliant picture! It is extremely sharp, you can see loads of details you normally can't! How did you take that picture, and what sort of camera did you use?
Hello Iris, thanks for your kind comments about my photo.
This picture was taken using the Raynox dcr-250 close-up filter as are most of my insect macros. Click here to see it on Amazon. It comes with a spring-loaded clip for attaching to a wide range of cameras. If you Google it you should be able to find out if it will fit your own camera.
I use it with a Canon Powershot S5 IS camera which is great for insect macros because it has a fold-out screen. This lets me hold it at arms length and point it at any angle to get the shot and still see what I'm taking.
I also use a LensMate adapter (see here) which lets me screw the dcr-250 to the camera rather than using the spring-loaded clip.
One more thing, this photo was taken using the built-in flash on the camera. It doesn't look quite as natural but it's great for getting a sharp picture!
Dear David, I've just got a new camera, and it's got a fold out screen just like yours! It's a Fujifilm Finepix S9500, and I'm really looking forward to using it.
Nice camera! I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with that. And you can definitely use a Raynox with it if you get one in the future.
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