On meadow margin, brambles and dog rose in flower.
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Lower part of dark smudge on thorax sometimes known as the 'batman' mark.
I can see a resemblance... hastily looks up some more M. florea... Blimey! I wonder if DC Comics realises their copyright belongs to a hoverfly. Someone should call Commissioner Gordon.
Seriously, thanks Dave, that's a really good memory aid.
I can't claim any originality for it. Some joker mentioned it the other week.
Seriously though, I heard it on an excellent hoverfly id course I was on recently. Another one was 'footballers' for the Helophilus, Parhelophilus and other genera with the striped thorax.
Lat/Lng: 50.9171, -0.1494
OS grid ref: TQ301147