A Sawfly-mimic, this was in the shady part of the woods. I admit I was fooled
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Fantastic...have never seen one of these. Not strictly a Soldierfly, which are Stratiomyidae. Yet another really good fly you have found on the site...just shows what is around, if you look closely.
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I admit I was quite fooled.. was initially pleased to have another sawfly amongst the clouds of volucella, and this was in the cool, shady quiet part of the woods. A sawfly forum which I'd joined because I found supposedly rare hartigia x. in glos helped with a suggestion, then repeated on dipterist info, then I checked around as best I could for confusion species
Odd, hilarious rather, I think it was just last night or so I caught someone thinking E. intricarius was a tree bumblebee..
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I couldn't find much on the fly but here's something anecdotal about it in london
Yes, shows what a good find this was!
With all the good flies you are finding, I think I might have to move back down south again! The one thing we lack in the East Riding of Yorkshire is any decent ancient woodland.
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