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Hoverfly and Bumblebee

Observed: 7th June 2011 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I thought this image might just be useful in illustrating morphological differences between hoverflies and bees.

Identifications
  • S. ribesii and B. terrestris
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    Hoverfly (Syrphus sp)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

ophrys's picture

Syrphus

Nice photo!

The hoverfly cannot be taken to species, but it is a Syrphus. To be sure of ribesii, you would need a clear idea of hind femora colour, hairiness of eyes...etc.

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Martin Harvey's picture

wings and antennae

The difference between the one pair of wings (flies) and two pairs of wings (bees) can be hard to see in photos and in live specimens, but the bee's much longer antennae is shown well in this intriguing photo.

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ophrys's picture

Carousel

The first picture on the carousel, for Syrphus, is surely not a Syrphus...

The second picture on the carousel, for Syrphus, is surely not a Syrphus...

Or is it just me?!!

;)

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Martin Harvey's picture

Not just you!

I agree ophrys, and have added my agreements to the observations in question, which means that they're no longer in the carousel of photos above, so your comment and my reply may be mystifying to anyone seeing them now!

The observations we were looking at are:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/235602

and:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/239943

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ophrys's picture

Thanks

Thanks, Martin.

Nice to tidy things up!

Ian
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