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Hoverfly Brachyopa scutellaris - Suffolk

Observed: 15th June 2013 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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Hoverflies in the genus Brachyopa don't look much like typical hoverflies, and can be hard to find. Their breeding habitat is sap runs on trees, and the adults can be seen around suitable trees. These ones however were strongly attracted to flowers of Guelder-rose, with at least ten individuals feeding and mating on the flowers, within an ancient woodland RSPB reserve.
Found during fieldwork for one of the FSC's "Biodiversity Fellows" courses, see:

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looks very similar

I didn't realise it was a hoverfly till I put it on diptera info, although it did give the impression of a small snoutless Rhingia. This specimen hasn't been examined by an expert so isn't certain yet

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tricky genus

These Brachyopa specimens from Suffolk showed a fairly well-defined kidney-shaped pit on the antennae which indicates scutellaris, but one had yellowish humeri (fronts corners of the thorax), which is as it should be, while the other (from the mating pair) had dark grey humeri, contrary to the key.

They do look very similar to some of the species in family Heleomyzidae until you get a close look at them!

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These are ceraintly under recorded Martin a welcome effort to get a type sample on i-spot

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