On a Malus in woodland
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what an impressive fly. I've yet to see one. Is it about the size of a medium Eristalis?
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yes, I would say so. Its a very pretty looking thing I think, and certainly a lovely treat for me to find, as I don't seem to be able to find the diversity you do.
I am 99% sure I saw one last year in the same wood, but only got a "head and shoulders" photo, so wasn't totally convinced. However its also been recorded by Ian Beavis in the wood next door, so it does seem to be in this neck of the woods OK.
Lat/Lng: 51.23728, 0.29863
OS grid ref: TQ605511