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Platycheirus manicatus

Observed: 22nd April 2012 By: ophrys
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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platycheirus
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Description:

A common hoverfly, large for the genus, with a dull thorax and long, rounded spots. The distinctive extended face is just about visible in the pictures, sticking out in front of and below the antennae.
Difficult to agree with, I know.

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Platycheirus

I am not sure all the information in the picture would key absolutely Ian (willing to be corrected on that ) The extent of protrusion of face not the only fly with this I think, the front tarsi are not overly visible and the extent of the protrusion on the fore tibia and tarsalis not easily determined from the image

The relevant notes on P.manicatus

http://www.entomologi.no/journals/nje/2007-2/pdf/NJE-vol54-nr2-barkalov.pdf

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PS Your Ob http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/135073

is a much better and nicely sequenced series especially the third shot which is VG

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manicatus

I wasn't expecting an agreement, as I said, but stuck it up anyway, as it makes a change from Syrphus sp.!

The only other species of Platycheirus with a face that would project that far is melanopsis and that is a species of the highlands of Scotland.

As always with anything like this which I put up, I took the fly to check at home. It is manicatus. If you look at the other observations, they are mostly mine, too.

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Platycheirus

True and its nice to see Platycheirus tackled most people as you imply pass over it , certainly the other obsrvation sums the ID characteristics needed to be more conclusive All good Stuff.Apologies I just seen your commnet below the image

Happy Hovering Best Wishes

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