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some help identifying please

 
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Simon R



Joined: 12 Jul 2006
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Location: Jersey, Channel Islands. U.K.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: some help identifying please Reply with quote

Embarassed

Thanks

Si
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John O'Sullivan



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

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shall we say Marmalade Hoverfly this time? A nice study of the grey and black stripes on the thorax.
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Simon R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:43 pm    Post subject: Typical Reply with quote

Typical my copy of A.E. Stubbs is already out of date (only got it this morning) Marmalade Hoverfly not in it Shocked
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John O'Sullivan



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan Stubbs did give some English names of hoverflies (eg check Eristalis tenax and Merodon equestris), but even in the latest, 2002, edition he did not venture so far as to include such modernisms as Marmalade Hoverfly for E. balteatus! (His soldierflies book is another thing altogether!)

I wish you many happy hours with the book, Simon!

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Simon R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: sorry Reply with quote

Sorry yes on second look they do look the same (must try harder)

Si Embarassed
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Tony White



Joined: 12 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although the Marmalade Hoverfly is one of the most familiar in the family I must admit that I've been surprised this year at the amount of variability this insect has exhibited. Some melanic forms have required careful checking before positive ident. Are other recorders having the same experience?
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