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Hoverfly carrying a leaf

 
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Segilla



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:56 pm    Post subject: Hoverfly carrying a leaf Reply with quote

A couple of weeks ago on a sunny morning in Gloucestershire I saw a hoverfly, perhaps not the largest about, carrying a leaf beneath it. The leaf was around three times the width of the body and twice its length. It flew away and then twice returned to settle on the rail of a wooden fence. What was all that about?

Also, normally timid insects I had one stay around 6" from my face a few days ago and every time I moved my head the insect moved equidistant to me. Never noticed that before.

TKS for any information
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably not a hover - much more likely to be a leaf-cutter bee stocking its brood chamber. If a hoverfly then accidentally stuck to the leaf - whichj from the dimensions would be too big for the hover to shift.
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Segilla



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:10 am    Post subject: Hoverfly carrying a leaf Reply with quote

Thanks for your response.
I used to keep bees and the insect didn't look like any bee that I knew of, but further research reveals that some leaf cutter bees carry away leaf pieces which are not circular. The leaf I saw was serrated.

See photo near foot of

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05576.html
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Tony White



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. Megachile species, almost certainly M. centuncularis.
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