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Pic one to identify

 
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Ben Grader



Joined: 04 Nov 2006
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Location: North Somerset

PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:46 pm    Post subject: Pic one to identify Reply with quote

Took the pics thinking it was balteatus until I looked at them on my PC.
Too slim in the body for Ribesii.
Does anyone know what this is? It was cleaning its legs and wings, I have a series of pics of it doing it first on honeysuckle leaves and then on A cottage plum tree leaf.
Taken at Clevedon North Somerset.
I have had a suggestion on Flickr ID Please that it could be Syrphus vitripennis but the end patch on the abdomen seems to be a lot different than the pics on Google, although the hind femora is rather dark.
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John O'Sullivan



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

PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ben,

It's a male Syrphus for sure, with eyes touching and those nice "moustache-bands" on the abdomen. I reckon it's probably ribesii, as the eyes don't look dull/hairy enough for torvus, and there is a bit too much yellow on the hind femur for vitripennis/rectus (these two species are unsplittable in males).

There is a lot of variety of pattern and colour among hoverflies, even within one species; photographs that you see will help, but are not infallible.

Happy hunting!

John
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