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I read somewhere that there was a labelling issue over these two species in a book, not sure where I read it though. Hopefully a hoverfly expert will help out on this one.
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It might be this but help needed.
Many Thanks Chris
Having just looked at the Collins Guide, the entries for these 2 species are next to each other and they do seem to be labelled with each others names and text. Did you get your ID from this guide ?
The Collins guide to British insects, yes, so it would be as you say, XP.
Yes, the pictures of the two species are transposed in this guide, and it constantly causes misidentifications on sites like this!
I don't think the picture of Eupeodes nitens, which is not Xanthogramma pedissequum, is Eupeodes nitens, either, as the front of the yellow bars is straight...looks more like E. latifasciatus.
All in all...a very useful page of flies. Well done, Collins!
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I think I need another book for cross referencing with the Collins guide. Thanks.
This is your best option for hoverflies, and it is not expensive if you look around.
[I am not suggesting you buy it for $35 from that site!]
Thank you Ian, will have a trawl around for that, I have many species here and need to record them all accurately-ish. simon.
Pesonally I'd stick with Stubbs
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Thanks, will check that also.
If you want to try and identify every hoverfly to species, which often requires taking a specimen and keying it through based mainly on text with a few illustrated plates, go for the Stubbs and Falk. That is the best book, undoubtedly, for those who want the real detail.
But for a beginner, I would strongly suggest the new Wildguide to Britain's Hoverflies, which is a superb, modern photo guide designed as an introduction (but really detailed, too). Get that and you will soon become hooked on them...then get the other one once/if you feel the need to go further.
That sounds favourite, I have a good few species here @ 11 so far and need an easy ID guide. Many Thanks for your help Ian.
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