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Spring is here

 
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Roger K.A. Morris



Joined: 06 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:09 pm    Post subject: Spring is here Reply with quote

At last a couple of hovers to report. I had Episyrphus balteatus and an unidentified Eristalis at Winter Heliotrope Petasites fragrans this afternoon. Also, a female Eristalis tenax investigating holes in a dry stone wall. The day was capped off with Brachyopa larvae in a horse chestnut sap run.

What has everyone else seen? Do remember that BWARS are keen to get records of queen Bombus lapidarius in early spring so do keep an eye open for them.

Regards to all - lets hope for a great season to come

Roger Very Happy
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conopid



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

PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject: Early hovers Reply with quote

Sad It's been consistently cold here in Shropshire, so my only sighting is of a single Eristalis tenax awakened by warm sunshine on Feb 18. I have been closely observing hazel catkins in the somewhat vain hope of finding some very early Melangyna species. Although we have a spectacular flowering of hazels this year (I don't think I can recall such wonderful massed flowerings), it has just been too cool for hover activity.

I am off rot hole hunting on Sunday. I will also look for sap runs - examples of which I rarely come across - perhaps someone could post some photos of good sap runs that could harbour Syrphids?

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