A Syrphus sequence
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Female with extensively dark femora points to torvus or vitripennis. Nice set of pictures, but still can't make out presence of eye hairs to confirm one or the other.
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I am surprised to see an expert plumping for vitripennis just because it is commoner! It's not necessarily more likely to be that species at all, is it? I see plenty of torvus, when I actually collect Syrphus for checking.
Thanks Guys - As always the Syrphids cab be a perplexing call Maybe Syrphus sp is safest
I have added some eyes and cant see any banding Trims 1:1 18 MB Macro circa 300 - 500 kb a little bit soft and better done with a 60 mm as opposed to 100 mm macro
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The hairs of torvus would not be in bands, and they can be very sparsely scattered across the eye. I still do not think that you can make a definite judgement, unfortunately, so it stays as Syrphus, for me! You have to view the eye against different colour backgrounds to be certain of presence/absence.
Lat/Lng: 53.6, -1.8
OS grid ref: SE1322