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Countrylass



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject: Id please Reply with quote

Hi can anyone identify this hoverfly I saw.
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Mick Parker



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Location: Weymouth

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question
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Countrylass



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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has my picture not worked?
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like Platycheirus albimanus
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Countrylass



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. I have only just started looking at hoverflies as I would like to count them (along with bees and butterflies)
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John O'Sullivan



Joined: 05 Oct 2005
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Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Roger is indeed right, this does look like Platycheirus albimanus, the commonest of the silver-spotted species. You can tell it's a female, because the eyes don't meet on the top of the head.

I'm glad you are going to be looking at hoverflies - they are a real challenge, but rewarding. If you haven't done so, do have a look back over previous posts. Probably the best single piece of advice you will find there is to get hold of a copy of British Hoverflies, by Stubbs and Falk (the 2002 edition is best).

Hope you enjoy yourself!

John
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Countrylass



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got really excited when I saw a different hoverfly yesterday on my strawberries! I have got a book by Collins called Complete British Insects but I couldn't find anything which looked like my photo. I'll keep an eye out for that book. Thanks again
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