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You're just doing this to annoy me, WLR. Give me strength! ;)
Anyway, does it actually come from Latin anas - duck or from Greek ana-simos meaning snub-nosed? I had assumed the latter, though duck might make sense for lineata (and snub-nosed does not quite work, I suppose). Interesting.
PS: Nice fly..found a few this week, myself...must be on the wing now.
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No I actually I am not fussed on Common names as they are confusing Grayling ( Fish or Butterfly etc) But i thought I'd pop this one in to get you to agree !!! :-) They came from Steven Falks excellent Stream
Waisted Duck-hoverfly (Anasimyia contracta)
and there is more
Anasimyia lineata (Snouted Duck-hoverfly)
Looks like Duck is on the menu
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The whole thing about common names is just quackers...
I never seem officially to agree with your sightings because I tend to comment instead and then I forget to agree! Have now gone back and agreed. ;)
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