Eyes spaced – so a female I think. Is the striped structure at the end of the abdomen an ovipositor?
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This individual hovered near the plant for about a minute before landing. I am wondering (a) if this is regular behaviour by this species (b) whether other species e.g. Eristalis, exhibit it and (c) whether L. laternaria is particularly prone to capture by predators in umbellifers* and is adapted to checking out landing sites first.
* (see my previous post: “Hoverfly Captured” to iSpot 25th June 2011).
Lat/Lng: 51.4337, -2.7624
OS grid ref: ST470707