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  Topic: Scaeva? ID
Geoff F

Replies: 2
Views: 8720

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:06 pm   Subject: Scaeva? ID
Can you see the wing stigma colour?

If yellow, how about Scaeva selenitica.

If black, possibly a Dasysyrphus such as D. venustus or even pinastri (a bit tricky to fully identify). But it is rath ...
  Topic: Possible Rhingia rostrata???
Geoff F

Replies: 4
Views: 11723

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:25 pm   Subject: Possible Rhingia rostrata???
I have found that R. rostrata can have a faint dark line around the abdomen sides, but always a lot less than campestris. Although beware of that species occasionally having reduced edge markings.

  Topic: Speedy visitor!
Geoff F

Replies: 3
Views: 8691

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:00 pm   Subject: Speedy visitor!
It's an Eristalis balteatus.

In normal years they are plentiful from early Spring but I have seen few of them this year, until this week when a lot of males have appeared.
  Topic: 1 more for ID, last one - for now ;-)
Geoff F

Replies: 4
Views: 8239

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:05 pm   Subject: 1 more for ID, last one - for now ;-)
Yes, a female.

An odd mark on the hind femur though. Maybe the result of an injury?
  Topic: A few for ID please
Geoff F

Replies: 3
Views: 7413

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:34 pm   Subject: A few for ID please
Eupeodes corollae looks likely for the first ones. Spots reach the abdomen sides.

Sphaerophoria sp. is the best you can do with females.

The last one looks like Eupeodes luniger to me. The spots ...
  Topic: Syrphus ribesii ?????
Geoff F

Replies: 1
Views: 5100

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:14 pm   Subject: Syrphus ribesii ?????
I would agree with you.
  Topic: E.balteatus migration
Geoff F

Replies: 6
Views: 10889

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:55 pm   Subject: E.balteatus migration
Virtually nothing of interest here on the South Coast in dull windy weather.

So far this year, I have found 2 E. balteatus; both in my greenhouse. Or maybe the same one on two occasions. But none e ...
  Topic: ID of several hoverflies
Geoff F

Replies: 3
Views: 8042

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:15 pm   Subject: ID of several hoverflies
Insects 2 and 3 are Eristalis species. But difficult to be certain of which Eristalis species without seeing other angles.

#2 could be Eristalis arbustorum female but a view of the face would be he ...
  Topic: Platycheirus scutatus
Geoff F

Replies: 2
Views: 6831

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:42 pm   Subject: Platycheirus scutatus
Certainly scutatus group. The abdomen length and front tarsus shape appear to be more like scutatus than splendidus. But they are tricky to be absolutely certain.
  Topic: ID please
Geoff F

Replies: 2
Views: 6679

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:21 pm   Subject: ID please
From what I can see of the wing veins of the first fly, I would say it isn't a hoverfly.
  Topic: Melanostoma sp. ?
Geoff F

Replies: 2
Views: 6205

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:27 pm   Subject: Melanostoma sp. ?
This one looks interesting, Yorkie. I've been waiting for an expert to give an answer! Wink

Melanstoma certainly produce melanic forms, partucularly during cooler conditions. But so do many ot ...
  Topic: Hoverfly in garden today
Geoff F

Replies: 2
Views: 6306

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:27 pm   Subject: Hoverfly in garden today
I'm tempted to think, Joan, that this could be Scaeva selenitica (female).

Eupeodes luniger is rather similar but this one appears to have hairy eyes which would point towards the former option.
  Topic: Microscope specification
Geoff F

Replies: 5
Views: 10375

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:19 pm   Subject: Microscope specification
Don't know anything about them but I bookmarked this site when I was thinking about something similar

Never actually got around to doing anything about ...
  Topic: Becoming involved?
Geoff F

Replies: 6
Views: 8974

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:04 pm   Subject: Becoming involved?
It can sometimes take a couple of days before anybody gets around to answering questions here; particularly when people are busy sorting through their own sightings.

But someone will always reply, ...
  Topic: i.d. photo manterr
Geoff F

Replies: 6
Views: 9641

PostForum: General discussion   Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:57 pm   Subject: i.d. photo manterr
There is a bit of a knack to photographing hoverflies, and most other insects for identification.

I try to run my first impressions through my 'portable computer' (brain) to see if I can come up wi ...
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