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Helophilus hybridus

Observed: 31st August 2012 By: ophrys
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Description:

Every time I put my net down, Helophilus came down and paired up on it! There were literally thousands of Helophilus on Heather this morning, mostly pendulus, but large numbers of hybridus, too.

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Amadan's picture

Marvellous shots -

And a better day than mine: on a Waste Management site; having numerous dipterans (who, I'm sure, hadn't washed their paws, either), landing to mate on my clipboard...

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Sites

Yes, I think my heathland was probably the nicer place to be! Probably some interesting sightings on your site, though?

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Well -

there were some hominids I wasn't too sure about, for one thing.

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Helophilus

Helophilus do seem to be doing quite well this year generally from thers' reports and also near me, down in Kent.

Did you think your mating pairs were being attracted to the white of your net, or just an open surface perhaps?

David

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Attraction

Very difficult to say, because of the vast numbers of flies present. There is quite a large area of Heather flowering here, within a coniferous plantation, and it was absolutely teeming with Helophilus and other species. It could have been the colour or just the free space, although I did not see any land on my blue rucksack.

Heather is a superb place for flies in this late summer period...it's just a question of wading through masses of common stuff to find anything more unusual. Or just enjoy the spectacle of it all...

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