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West Yorks Hoverfly

Observed: 7th August 2013 By: LordMuzzyLordMuzzy’s reputation in InvertebratesLordMuzzy’s reputation in InvertebratesLordMuzzy’s reputation in InvertebratesLordMuzzy’s reputation in InvertebratesLordMuzzy’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Large Hoverfly (aprox 15mm body length) spotted feeding on marjoram. Can't find many records of this new welcome addition to my garden (seems quite scarce on the ground this far north) any more info would be welcome.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hoverfly (Volucella inanis) interacts

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Location

The 'Pudsey garden' link shows the location as somewhere near skipton for some reason, nowhere near where I actually placed the icon?? To be clear, it was spotted in my garden in Pudsey, west Yorkshire LS28.

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inanis

It is seen in West Yorkshire, but not commonly. It is on the Yorkshire list for VCs 63 and 64. I have never seen one over in East Yorkshire.

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Thanks

Thanks Ian

I don't expect it will be long before you start seeing them, they are visiting my garden everyday now.

Regards

-Richard-

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Record

Well Richard at least you have a record of Yorkshires fastest Flying Hoverfly :-). They are probably under recorded

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Abundance

I think they are genuinely scarce, to be honest, as befitting a species which is only just arriving in the area and is at the very north of its range. We shall see whether they expand beyond that area...there is no guarantee that they will.

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V. Inanis

Have you any theories on whhat might resticts their Northerly presence Ian ??

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Range

A number of species from different orders seem to have a range which is limited at a line joining the Humber to the Mersey, or thereabouts. I suppose it is getting gradually colder above that line, and it is only a short distance from here up to the North York Moors, which is quite an obstacle for species to move beyond.

There are some species of fly I find locally which are at the limit of their range, like the Asilid Dioctria linearis. It will be interesting to see whether they do expand north over the next decade or so.

Observer bias is the other thing, I suppose, as most recorders do live south of that line.

I hope Volucella inanis does arrive here...it would be great to see!

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Volucella inanis

Thanks Ian - Thats interesting , its easy to forget how the geographical boundaries and climate impact . its not unlike the Bishops Mitre SB and of coarse Squashbugs that we dont see here in Yorks and are much more prevalent down South

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Yorkshires fastest

Hi Colin

I am pretty sure I saw one of these at Rodley reserve last year but (as you mentioned) it was too fast to get a photo for ID! Now I know its about I will be keeping an eye out..

Regards

-Richard-

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Hovers At Rodley

I paid a visit the other day and seen about 14 species of Hover on the Tansy at the visitor block

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