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Hoverfly

Observed: 16th April 2011 By: chrisbrooks
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Hover Fly
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Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Hover Fly (Syrphus sp)
    Confidence: It might be this.
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Comments

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April

As you say, this is a Syrphus. Locally to me, at that very early time of year, pretty much every Syrphus turns out to be S. torvus, rather than S. ribesii (which is the common summer member of the genus).

Impossible to tell from the photo, though.

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ID

I have to admit I'm struggling to see any differences between the Syrphus species which I'm assuming are very small.

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They are small. Of the 3

They are small. Of the 3 common species, torvus has hairy eyes that you need at least a lens to sure of. The other two can be separated on the amount of black on the hind femur.

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