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Hoverfly larva?

 
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Nigel P



Joined: 31 Oct 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:13 pm    Post subject: Hoverfly larva? Reply with quote

Hi, I hope someone can help me with this larva, I think it's a type of hoverfly. I'm very new to this and don't know if it is possible or not to accurately ID.

I've found quite a few on our car which is prked under a Sycamore. Images 5770 and 5774 were from 17-10-07 and image 5924 was from 29-10-07.

Thanks in advance,
Nigel
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Roger K.A. Morris



Joined: 06 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably Syrphus or maybe Eupeodes but I cannot be sure.

Roger
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Nigel P



Joined: 31 Oct 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Roger.
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Tony White



Joined: 12 Mar 2006
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Location: Byfield, Northants

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the subject of hoverfly larvae, are they likely to be devoured by Harlequin ladybirds? I ask because in western Northants H.L's are present in alarmingly high numbers.
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John O'Sullivan



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

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Harlequin ladybird has been very common this autumn in Bedfordshire, for the first time ever, with even non-naturalists remarking on it. I have been wondering the same thing as Tony. It seems likely that, at the very least, their larvae will be fierce competition for aphid-feeding hoverfly larvae.
John
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