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Bee mimic

Observed: 23rd February 2012 By: BDeed
Merseyside BioBankThe Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
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I am sure it is Eristalis as the wing veins fit. I think it may be pertinax due to the colouring on the legs and tarsi but can't be sure..

Species interactions

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Species with which Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) interacts


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Cheers Chris, this is the bit that confused me, which part has to be dark as the tips of the tarsi (segment 5?) are orange.

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Hoverflies are tricky and I'm still learning about them, I think it's E. tenax but hopefully someone with more expertise will confirm it.

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The easiest way to tell this is tenax is to look at the eyes in the second picture. The rows of hairs down the eyes are clearly other species shares that feature.

pertinax has the whole of the front and mid tarsi orange...any dark on the tarsi makes it another species. It's worth remembering that colour can be hard to be certain about from a photo, though, as certain angles make dark seem light and vice versa!


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That's brilliant cheers to you both!

I have a decent reference book but it's heavily focused on dissection, and sometimes i find it difficult to be certain on features so it is always good to have expert advice and hear another's perspective.

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If you get Stubbs & Falk you

If you get Stubbs & Falk you will not go far wrong. It is technical but well explained, and you need a microscope, but not many require dissection.



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