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Bumblebee mimic ID

 
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DGERC



Joined: 16 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:26 am    Post subject: Bumblebee mimic ID Reply with quote

Hi

I was passed this photo by a local wildlife ranger who enquired what the insect was. I'm no expert but thought it may be a hoverfly of the genus Eristalis? Would welcome ID from someone with more knowledge than I have.

Recorder is happy for sighting to be added to national database if ID can be established. For reference, details on the sighting are as follows.

Recorder: Keith Kirk
Date: 30/8/08
Location: Taliesin (Southwest Community Woodland Trust site) NX793556

Regards

MARK POLLITT
Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre
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conopid



Joined: 03 Sep 2005
Posts: 342
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes that's a hoverfly, Eristalis intricarius.
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Tony White



Joined: 12 Mar 2006
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Location: Byfield, Northants

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The loop on wing vein R4+5 confirms that it is in the Eristalini. It appears to be Eristalis intricarius (female). The sides of the thorax look to be covered in black hair and that is diagnostic for the sp.
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DGERC



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your help - I'll let Keith know the good news.

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MARK
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