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17.02.2013 Eristalis

Observed: 17th February 2013 By: ranon.2011ranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebrates
17.02.2013 Eristalis
Description:

Just spotted this in a warm and windlass area of the cliffs; feeding on the Gorse flowers of which many were open in the strong sunlight.

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ophrys's picture

tenax

Probably tenax, as the hind tibia appears wholly dark.

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Are they usually around this

Are they usually around this early, even in sheltered spots as I saw yesterday?

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Early

Yes, where you are I would imagine tenax can be seen pretty much whenever the sun shines throughout the winter, in sheltered spots.

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Martin Harvey's picture

not really early!

These overwinter as adults (or at least the females do - yours is a female) so I wouldn't call it early, they can appear at any time in the winter when the temperature goes up a bit and the sun comes out (well, they do in the comparatively frozen north up here in Buckinghamshire!)

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Frozen north

Up here in Yorkshire, I don't see them at all in the winter. It will usually be the first week of March before the odd one appears on early Sallow or Celandine.

Don't start with your 'frozen north...Buckinghamshire' stuff...you don't know you're born, down there!

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Martin Harvey's picture

Buckinghamshire

Yes, it's lovely here in the Chiltern tropics!

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Thanks Martin and Ian, I feel

Thanks Martin and Ian, I feel that I must live in the balmy tropics here in the south, but I'm not putting my shorts on yet and where my washing has frozen on the line.