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Which species is this?

 
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Ben Grader



Joined: 04 Nov 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Which species is this? Reply with quote

Came on this fly when taking pics of my honeysuckle flowers this morning in Clevedon North Somerset.
At first I thought Scaeva specie but then I realised the stripes were bending the wrong way. Unfortunately my books don't give a pic of it
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conopid



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Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's alovely hoverfly - Chrysotoxum festivum.
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Ben Grader



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks conopid, I had not seen one like it before. Trouble is my insects book has only a few hover fly pics.
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conopid



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be needing British Hoverflies by Alan Stubbs and Steven Falk. Most general insect guides have very few of the 270+ species of UK hoverfly.
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Ben Grader



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nigel I would love to own one but the prices are too much for my pension.
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John O'Sullivan



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ben,

Nigel's right, Ben, you will get on a lot better with Stubbs and Falk. Maybe look out for a reasonably-priced secondhand one on the web (try the website ABE, I've found some good books on there), or why not ask your local library to get one in for you to borrow? No doubt you've paid your dues over the years, so why not get the local authorities working for you?!

Look forward to seeing more of your fine photos on here.

John
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