I saw one of these hoverflies for the first time the other day but managed to get a slightly better image yesterday.
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I found one, too, on Hawthorn at the edge of a coniferous wood. Superb flies, aren't they?!
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They are just stunning, the colours are superb and they're quite large as well.
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does the abdomen curl in, or is that it? A real stub of a fly, but it looks a bit longer in the book, as well as less striking than in life
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Bit of both, really. The abdomen is quite broad and short, but does also tend to curl down at the rear. Real foxy little things...superb!
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