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Observed: 19th March 2012 By: babu1
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Dark brown and yellow hoverfly. Dark chestnut eyes. Abdomen tapers to a point.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Episyrphus balteatus interacts


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The pointed abdomen is

The pointed abdomen is typical of a female in the act of laying eggs - the ovipositor is telescopic, and normally held inside the abdomen. This one may be on the point of laying to be in this state. We have only one species in this genus, and it is unmistakeable.



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Pointed abdomen

How fantastic!
No wonder I couldn't find an equivilent feature.
I was about to snap nearby blossoms when she arrived.

S Tomkins