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Birderfirst



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: Fleeting visit! Reply with quote

A fine 'crisp' bee-mimic at my primulas today mostly black - all too briefly. A certain new garden hover for me. No doubt too late and too cold for it to bother returning. Perhaps another visit another day, but work tomorrow and weather still not good at weekend?

Jim Dunkley (Northants)
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conopid



Joined: 03 Sep 2005
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Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good chance that it was the splendid Criorhina ranunculi - an early and black species.

Photo here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tristanba/2369265750/

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Tony White



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rarely see hoverflies at Primulas (although the experience of others may be different). What I have had at Primulas in my garden in recent days is the bee-fly Bombylius major.
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Birderfirst



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too have a healthy number of bee flies in my garden, and the same thought went through my mind. I still think it was a hover but I was not claiming a species - just enjoying ther spring - but thanks for the comment.

Regards, Jim D.
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Tony White



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re bee flies, I didn't mention another (?bee fly) that was visiting aubrieta i my garden a couple of days ago. It had the same long proboscis as B. major but the coloration was very dark and it was much bigger. I was unable to net it but perhaps it was just an abnormally large specimen.
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conopid



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tony,
Just a thought. It might have been the bee Anthophora plumipes, which often hovers about Aubretia with its tongue stuck out. See here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/julianoliver/2400536365/

Apologies if you know your bees from your flies.

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Tony White



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Nigel.
You may well be right as I'm a bit of a tyro when it comes to bees.
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