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Hoverfly

Observed: 15th June 2013 By: Paul RobertsPaul Roberts’s reputation in InvertebratesPaul Roberts’s reputation in InvertebratesPaul Roberts’s reputation in InvertebratesPaul Roberts’s reputation in Invertebrates
P1010153
Description:

Hoverfly on bramble flower, in woodland margin, stripes on thorax and abdomen orthogonal to each other.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

darob57's picture

Helophilus pendulus

Good photo with nearly all identification features for pendulus visible. Such as one third of hind tibia black, and frons dusting stops short of ocellar triangle (area containing the simple eyes). These rule out hybridus.
Also black stripe down midline of face rules out trivittatus.
Only thing I can't make out is whether male or female. Unlike in most other genera, Helophilus has eyes separated on top of head in both sexes.

Dave

ophrys's picture

Female

Definitely female, as the eye margins are not parallel at all on top of the head.

Ian
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