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melanistic Episyrphus balteatus?

 
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lauriek



Joined: 07 Aug 2007
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Location: Kent

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject: melanistic Episyrphus balteatus? Reply with quote

This looks to me like an extremely dark Episyrphus balteatus, would you guys concur? If so, is this a melanistic form or one that's been out in the sun too long or had some sort of varnish related accident?
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John O'Sullivan



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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi lauriek, and your identification is correct. What an interesting comparison between your shot and the one at the top left of this page! Despite the differences in colour, the distinctive double bands on the abdomen are there in both, and also the stripes on the front of the upper thorax.

E balteatus certainly throws up some beauties.

John
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