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Lots of hoverflies

Observed: 26th July 2009 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
Invertebrates expert
Episyrphus balteatus - Dasysyrphus albostriatus - Great Kimble cropped
Episrypus balteatus - Great Kimble

These orange poppy flowers were covered with hoverflies this morning, mostly the Marmalade Hoverfly (possibly an influx of migrant individuals), but a few others as well. The first photo shows three male and one female Marmalade Hoverflies, plus a female Dasysyrphus albostriatus. The second photo has more Marmalade Hoverflies, with another species flying in (possibly Eupoedes luniger).

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) interacts


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I'm familiar with the first species but not the second. Can I confirm it on the basis that I'm sure you know what you're talking about?!!

Bob Ford

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iSpot philosophy

An intriguing question, and one that's crossed my mind as well when looking at your (and others') IDs! But the conclusion I came to was that I should only give a spot-on for a species that I know well enough to confirm for myself, otherwise the spot-on doesn't really mean what it should. And besides which, I'm quite capable of getting things wrong, as has been demonstrated on here already and no doubt will again!, and I'd rather have the reassurance of getting a spot-on from someone who agrees because they know the species.

Does that make sense? We need to add something about this to the help information for the site.

Entomologist and biological recorder