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Taking a Hover-Flyer

Observed: 6th April 2012 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
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We found this specimen in Spain but if it's what I think it is, we have it in the UK, too.
Can't find anything similar in Chinery. This one's a female (the eyes don't meet) but, apart from that, it looks very like this male specimen in Wikipedia. The text suggests that male and female patterns vary, though, so a little worrying. Probably wrong, then! ;-)

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corollae

I am pretty certain that you are correct, as the yellow spots seem to reach the margin of the abdomen.

However, I shall leave an agreement to one of the experts who knows whether there are any similar Mediterranean species...

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Thanks Ophrys

Always a possibility, of course. I found a website noting about 150 hoverfly species in Spain but not all had photos and, of those that did, many were poor. I gave up wading through them even on a thoroughly miserable wet Sunday afternoon.

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To be honest, wading through photos of species for Spain is good fun, but probably a waste of time. So many of the photos of hoverflies on the web are wrongly identified that you just cannot trust what you find.

I read an article recently listing a large number of species from Gibraltar which are not found up here at all and are in fact North African species, some of them, so you do need to know what you are talking about to start identifying flies down there.

I still think yours is probably corollae, though!

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