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Jaybee



Joined: 21 Jun 2013
Posts: 866
Location: Durham

PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:52 pm    Post subject: 19/10/2016 Reply with quote

We are at that point in the year when the weather almost dictates where we go and what we see.
This morning my intention was to go to the ivy patch at Dalton-le-dale but the forecast was really a bit iffy.
SO rather than waste diesel on the 4 mile drive I opted for the safe option - the dandelion field.
On arriving just after 10.30am the sun was really nice and an immediate glance around the dandelions showed the hovers were enjoying the sun.
Very soon though the clouds rolled in and the dandelions were vacated as the sky got increasingly darker.
By 11.30am there was scarecly a hover to be seen.
Last years experience on this self same field taught me that when conditions were not perfect then the leaf litter around the edges were a good place to look.
Sure enough a few eristalis were hunkering down on fallen leaves.
Inevitably it got to the point of impossibility and a retreat was made for the car and home.
Some specimens retained.

http://northeastwildlife.co.uk/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=0

Look to the ground when conditions are poor.


Nice to see fresh sow thistle starting to appear. More food to keep the hovers hanging around.


Episyrphus balteatus - male


Eristalis arbustorum - male and female



Eristalis tenax - male and female



Eupeodes luniger - male


Helophilus pendulus - male and female



Melanostoma mellinum - female


Platycheirus albimanus - male and female



Syritta pipiens - female


Syrphus ribesii - female


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Roger K.A. Morris



Joined: 06 Nov 2005
Posts: 1652

PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right about leaf litter being worth a look - late autumn and early spring - both times can be productive
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