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IMG_4140

Observed: 6th September 2012 By: colinlamondcolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebratescolinlamond’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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timcdlucas's picture

Not a drone-fly?

Is it impossible to ID to species? Looks very like the drone-fly in my guide. Just curious.

ophrys's picture

Drone-fly

It is one of the drone-flies (Eristalis), but you need more angles to be certain of species. This one looks to have a dark base to the hind tibia, so may well be Eristalis tenax, but it is not showing the rows of hairs down the eye of that species, for example. There are 5 or 6 very similar species...try to get a photo of all legs, facial stripe, wings and so on. The abdomen pattern, which people often latch onto, is actually not very useful, as it is so variable.

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colinlamond's picture

Eristalis

I had a look at my photos and found a few more of this Eristalis drone-fly. I have uploaded them at a higher definition, so it may be possible to id from these. It is not always easy to get a picture of all angles.