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Slim pickings over a few weeks

 
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Cliff Raby



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 6:25 pm    Post subject: Slim pickings over a few weeks Reply with quote

I've seen very few hovers so far this cool & windy spring - & photo'd even fewer.

Here's what I've snapped over the last few weeks, posted in chronological order, starting with one from the garden on 21/04/15 - grid ref SD323387, a Syrphus species maybe



then onto Whitbarrow Scar on 04/05/2015 - Grid ref SD459852, & this one I do know, it's one of my faves, Sericomyia silentis



& back in the garden again, this time on 11/05/2015, grid ref SD323387, & again I think it's a Syrphus species



Moving onto 13/05/15, & this time at Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria, Grid Ref SD459835, 1st up it's the lovely Sericomyia silentis



13/05/15, Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria, SD459835 - Helophilus pendulus maybe?



13/05/15, Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria, SD459835 - maybe Syritta pipiens at the back, some sort of Eristalis?? out of focus in the foreground.



13/05/15, Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria, SD459835 - possibly another Syritta pipiens



13/05/15, Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria, SD459835 - no idea



13/05/15, Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria, SD459835 - no idea but I liked this pic.



& finally, back in the garden (SD323387), photographed today, there were two of these present, no idea what they are/were


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Jaybee



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both Syrphus correct - Both are males and go down as Syrphus sp.
Helophilus pendulus correct by elimination (would help to see hind tibia) - Face stripe rules out trivittatus, yellow separated by black band on T2 and T3 so that rules out hybridus.
Eristalis has yellow front and middle feet so E. pertinax.
I think the next unknown may be Riponnensia splendens
Then the one that you like the picture - Xylota segnis
Lastly - Epistrophe eligans

I'm sure Roger will check and correct Smile
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Ken

Sorry for the delay in responding - I've been away for the past 5 days and it has taken a bit of time to catch up!

A great selection - you obviously had a great day at Foulshaw and got a couple of very good records.

IDs as follows - photos listed sequentially from the top:

1. Syrphus sp.
2. Sericomyia lappona - white bars and reddish scutellum
3. Syrphus sp.
4. Sericomyia lappona
5. Helophilus pendulus
6. Xylota segnis and Eristalis pertinax
7. Chalcosyrphus nemorum
8. Orthonevra geniculata
9. Xylota segnis
10. Epistrophe eligans

All are really useful records.
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Cliff Raby



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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaybee & Roger

Many thanks to both of you for your replies & I apologise for my tardy response - pressure of work etc.

So much for my Nap of the Day - so the one I was confident of, Sericomyia silentis, turns out to be Sericomyia lappona, I must watch out for that reddish scutellum in future (what's a scutellum again Wink Confused ).

There's a couple of new sightings for me there, I'm especially pleased with the garden record of Epistrophe eligans.

Cheers

Cliff Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes a great set of records and you are right Cliff - records of E. eligans are pretty few and far between north of Chester.
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