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Hover fly - Melanostoma scalare

Observed: 23rd June 2012 By: apm299
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Melanostoma scalare 01
Description:

Hover fly feeding on a bramble flower.

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Comments

apm299's picture

Platycheirus

I can see now what you mean about Platycheirus. I've checked other photographs taken at the time, but they do not show any clearer characteristics. When you say female, would the male be noticeably narrower?

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Male

A male's abdomen would be narrower, if it were a Melanostoma. This is a female because the eyes are separated atop the head...in males, the eyes touch on top. The pointed tip to the abdomen is also a sign of a female.

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