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lots of these sitting around like this at the moment, all different shapes and sizes, some looking quite squat - what turns out to be their distinctive banding when you peer closer, quite discernible here
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'quite discernible here'...I'll take your word for it! If you are certain, add it as an ID.
No flies round here now...not seen one for days.
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yes, looks pretty vague doesn't it. But that's what the naked eye initially sees and then when you peer closer it always turns out to be Eb. Very tiring but I check almost all of them, despite knowing perfectly well what they are from 2 metres. There's quite a variety of sizes and some do look a bit soldiery at first, but it's never anything else, and you can see (discern) Episyrphus' 3 flat bars almost before you can see them, as it were. They can just be made out here.
Meliscaeva are sitting around a bit like this as well but they look like a big Platycheirus (impressionistically, from a distance) and they walk about more. There's Sargus as well, but they never look quite this squat. Eupeodes really stands out
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