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Joined: 15 Aug 2006
Posts: 55
Location: Poole, Dorset, UK

PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: New Person Reply with quote

Very Happy Hello there. I have just signed up to this site, although I am afraid I will be of no use with recording my hoverflies. Much as I love 'em, most of them look the same to me (except the H-U-G-E one which I only see once or twice a year, which has been and gone this year now). I have looked up the name of this giant but can't remember it offhand. I first got interested in hoverflies because they seemed the most intelligent insects in the garden! If they got indoors, which they did in relatively large numbers one year, I just stood near them, pointed at the back door and said "Out", and they all zoomed off outside as though they understood!
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Joined: 03 Sep 2005
Posts: 342
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Newbie Reply with quote

Hi, and who knows, maybe you might get interested enough to record some hoverflies.....

There are several that are easy to ID in the field, such as the giant Volucella zonaria (although there are easier ones to ID, as V zonaria is easily confused with the similar Volucella inanis). If you can afford it you should buy the excellent book: British Hoverflies (SECOND EDITION) by Alan Stubbs and Steven Falk. It's about 30. but it's a fantastic book with fabulous colour plates of most species and all the information you could ever want on hoverflies.

Your starter for ten: A big hoverfly, black with a white belt and brownish face - see if you can find one in the garden or anywhere really. It will be Volucella pellucens. There should be some photos of it in the gallery. I think it's the easiest British hoverfly to ID, even in flight!
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Roger K.A. Morris

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Angie

Do you have details of where you took this photo and when? We are always keen to have details of this species and other hovers that can be identified from photos.

What we need is: Date, Location, (Grid ref if you have it).


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