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Rhingia sp.

 
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Birderfirst



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:35 pm    Post subject: Rhingia sp. Reply with quote

Went looking for brown hairstreak butterflies in Bernwood Forrest Oxfordshire on 10th August and also looked at hovers.

Took attached photo not knowing what it was.

Looks like Rhingia rostrata - does anyone agree or have comments.

Thanks.
Jim D.
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chlorophana



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very close, but not rostrata. Actually, It's a male of Rhingia campestris.

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conopid



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:58 pm    Post subject: Rhingia Reply with quote

Hmm, but it does not appear to have any black markings on the abdomen, so I think it MIGHT be rostrata. However it is always difficult to be ceratin from photos, so I would not say for certain.
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chlorophana



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Nigel,
though I thought first it was the hind femur, as far as I can see, this fly has actually a black side margin. Such character speaks for R. campestris. Unless the picture is really fooling me ! Wink

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conopid



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, now I look closer the dark line is the abdomen and not the femur, so I agree, R campestris it is - a very orange one at that.
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Rhingia rostrata Reply with quote

This specimen is definitely R. campestris - the hind tibia has a black band and there is a black margin to the tergites

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