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First Hoverfly records for 2008?

 
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Mick Parker



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Location: Weymouth

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:41 pm    Post subject: First Hoverfly records for 2008? Reply with quote

There was a surprising addition to my Bird & Mammal observations today, in the shape of 3 Species of Hoverfly,
the Species involved, were Epistrophe balteatus, Meliscaeva auricollis & Eristalis tenax,
and all were nectering on lesser celandine.
This winter has not been as mild as the other recent winters, and I would not expect to see these species so early this year!
The Site, was a south facing bank in Turners Puddle, Dorset.
I would be interested to read of any similar observations.
Mick Parker
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conopid



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Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mick,
Yes stuff is on the move very early this year. Here in Shropshire, which is always a very late county for hovers, I saw Eristalis tenax and a couple of Episyrphus balteatus on Snowdrops in a local wood, plus a single male Meliscaeva auricollis on hazel catkin yesterday. A glorious warm, sunny 9 February. Surprised

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Birderfirst



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Early hovers Reply with quote

I also had same two species this past weekend on crocus and jasmine.

Nice feel to the forthcoming seasons!

Good hunting to all.

Jim D.
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all

not much here in Lincolnshire

I had 15 Eristalis tenax females and a couope of Episyrphus balteatus at Petasites fragrans on 9 Feb. Nothing since then

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Roger
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John O'Sullivan



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Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,

A real surprise and pleasure today to record two true spring hoverflies at The Lodge, Sandy, Beds. A male Syrphus torvus and a male Melangyna quadrimaculata were both caught on sheltered Viburnum bushes. About six female Eristalis tenax, two Episyrphus balteatus and a single Meliscaeva auricollis also showed up around daffodils and the same bushes. The last three species have all over-wintered here as usual, putting in appearances in January and February, joined on two dates by Scaeva selenitica.

The trouble is, it's still early, and no doubt we'll have to wait patiently through a lot more cold and wet weather before we can really get out there!

John
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John O'Sullivan



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Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During a warm lunchtime today in Sandy, my first Platycheirus albimanus and Parasyrphus punctulatus of the year. Best of all, a male Cheilosia grossa, on a flowering Pieris bush, allowed himself to be caught and examined.

Anyone else finding spring hoverflies? I feel a bit exposed in this thread at the moment!

Regards to all.

John
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:23 pm    Post subject: Spring Hovers Reply with quote

Hi John

You are not alone - just that you are doing better than the rest of us!

This weekend I managed E. balteatus, E. luniger, E. pertinax and P. albimanus. I also hear of E. eligans in London about ten days ago - how many others have seen E. eligans yet?

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Roger
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conopid



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All quiet here in Shropshire - too cold I guess.
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tristanba



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

E. tenax. E. pertinax, S. ribesii, E. luniger and E. balteatus earlier this month in north London (N8) and yesterday I was delighted to find Criorhina ranunculi sunbathing on my window ledge (also N8). A new species for me.

All the best
Tristan
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conopid



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday 27 March - Bishop's Castle area, Shropshire: Platycheirus albimanus - a few, a single male Melangyna lasiopthalma and several Eristalis tenax and Epi balteatus. Things are starting to move at long, long last.... Confused
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