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Nice photos of a very smart specimen.
I am seeing lots of really tiny specimens, at the moment...and soon they will be mostly gone for another year.
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Yes they don't dwell Ian I am seeing a lot of horticola at the minute.
Make hay While the Sun Shines :-)
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Yes, good pictures Colin - a word or two of descriptive text would help me (even though pics are worth thousands).
I agree but confirmed only by Google images and one book (risky then!)
yes 'pics are worth thousands' but a word gives you a million images..
I saw ONE of these last year and this year it was the most numerous fly until the Bibio came along. And perhaps they're later but where are all the marmalade flies? I've seen one dark one and one normal one in the last fortnight! It's as if the two species have swapped roles this year
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At least where I am, Epistrophe eligans is the common early species and Episyrphus balteatus doesn't usually feature much at all until July...to that extent, this year is a normal year.
probably me then not really starting to notice anything in 2012 till after the eligans were declining. This time last year I didn't know hay from the posterior margin of a cat. Now thanks to iSpot, I feel sure I can tell the difference. And I only joined to get help with fungi..
All of them and almost everything is delayed this year. Harbour seal pups were one week earlier, swallows six days late. I've taken to the shore; there, nothing is behind but I get few agreements and little correspondence - though I add loads of words!
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