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Hoverfly interacting with Hogweed inflorescence

Observed: 9th July 2013 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Eyes spaced – so a female I think. Is the striped structure at the end of the abdomen an ovipositor?

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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cont.

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).