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Hoverflies - Cowal

 
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Sandy



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Location: East Lothian

PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:46 pm    Post subject: Hoverflies - Cowal Reply with quote

Please could someone help with the ids of the attached photos?
On friday I visited Younger Botanic Gardens at Benmore. There were a few hoverflies around some of which I managed to photograph.
Three were Meliscaeva I think (see photos) - one was very dark looking. After the abundant Platycheirus types in the heather the Meliscaevas were the next commonest generally in other flowers.
There was also a pair of mating Neoascia?, a single Leucozona glaucia, 2 Helophilus pendulus, an Eristalis species, and a Episyrphus balteatus.

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Sandy
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Sandy



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here's a photo of the Eristalis.
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Sandy

The IDs are as follows:

1. Leucozona laternaria female
2. Meliscaeva cinctella male
3. Neoascia sp.

4. Eristalis pertinax female

Data would be really useful

Kindest regards

Roger
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Sandy



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Roger

There was also a Xylota present which I'd forgotten about. I think it's a Xylota segnis but I'll get it confirmed here before I post the records.
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Ian Andrews



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am slightly confused ( a not uncommon state!) about which of the photos is Leucozona laternaria.

If Roger is listing in the order the photos come, then it would be the first one? But isn't that, as Sandy suggested, a dark M. cinctella? It certainly has a very yellow scutellum.

Apologies if i am being simple and missing something!

Ian
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conopid



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's probably just a slip of the keyboard by Roger. I'd agree that the first photo is a dark M cinctella and not Leucozona. Roger?
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Sandy



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok here's the records for the garden visit Very Happy :

Location: Younger Botanic Gardens, Benmore, Dunoon, Argyll (mainland)

Grid References: (NS1485) (NS1385)

Date of Observation: September 4th 2009-09

Site Details: The garden consists of a range of exotic plants from temperate climates around the world. There is also much in the way of native Scottish highland flora particularly in the hillier portions of the garden.

List of species:
NS1485 - by pond (on unidentified exotic flowers)
Episyrphus balteatus female
Helophilus pendulus female
Leucozona glaucia female
Meliscaeva cinctella female

NS1385 in hilly portion.
Eristalis pertinax female - on ragwort.
Meliscaeva cinctella male - on heather.
Neoascia spec. pair - on a buttercup.
Xylota segnis? male

Recorder: S.Rae
Determiner: Roger K.A. Morris

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Sandy
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