Enjoying the warm bark of a silver birch tree
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It's not an Eristalis, as veins R1 and R2+3 meet the costa separately. In Eristalis, they meet up and join as a petiole. That means it is a poorly marked Myathropa.
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Thanks for your opinions. I love his furry bottom! Some of the hover flies In my ID book seem hairless!
I don't know much about insects hence the posting.
And Ophrys, sorry to have a similar name. I wish to be anonymous and love the Ophrys genus hence my choice!! I shall aspire to your knowledge!
Presumably in response to the cold at the start of the year, many spring hoverflies have a hairy first brood.
Just noticed your name...mine came after leading many trips to Crete for the Orchids.
Edited 21.36 22nd May 2013
Just put my glasses on :-/ Thought I was on one of my images, ho hum......... Makes the point though.
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