Male Hoverfly with black and yellow thorax and abdomen on a nettle leaf.
No interactions present.
Xanthogramma pedissequum not the most common Hover to find mainly in the South Little is known of its larval stages, it has been found in nests of the Black Ant Lasius niger, as a matter of interest do you know of ants in your habitat
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Sorry, I don't know the ant population of High Elms. I have emailed one of the rangers and I'll add his reply when I get it.
No problem Bill - Thank you - no one seems to have studies the relationship with Ants
Nick Hopkins, one of the Bromley rangers, says:
Ant species present since 2003 on High Elms estate are as follows:
Yellow Meadow ant Lasius flavus
Grass Ant Myrmecina graminicola
Black Ant Formica fusca
No record of Lasius niger, I see!
Thanks Bill . An interesting find . It might be worth i-spot observers keeping an eye on ants nests this year .
Best Wishes & Merry Xmas
this seems to have narrower, level yellow bars like x.citrofasciatum, though everything else seems to fit
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Stubbs & Falk show the yellow wedges on X. citrofasciatum as being narrower than this, with a darker scutellum and clearer wings. The other yellow bands look OK by the diagram, though that is hardly definitive, especially if a species is variable.
I photographed another of the same about a month earlier and half a mile away (also male), so there is probably a local population.
yes, it was just the apparent lack of an inverted v-shape for the yellow stripes on the abdomen, they seem to go straight across on your specimen. I found my first one today, and was just wondering at that apparent slight difference - I read that it's a group now but haven't seen the latest research
Lat/Lng: 51.351886, 0.0761562
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On a nettle leaf near a car park.