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Rhingia rostrata

 
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JJ.



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 6:41 pm    Post subject: Rhingia rostrata Reply with quote

Hi
I found this hoverfly in local woods and was wondering if it's indeed R.rostrata?

If so, would you be interested in a full report?

Thanks
John.
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John O'Sullivan



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Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK

PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A superb portrait, John, and your identification is certainly correct. There is very little black on the abdomen, and none at the side margins. This clinching feature is supported by the very orange appearance, including of the hind tibiae and the scutellum, and the comparatively short snout. The contrasting grey and black stripes on the thorax are very bright too, a feature that often makes rostrata appear a much "smarter" fly than campestris.

I'm sure that Roger would be pleased to have the usual details of this spring record.

Please continue to submit more records and more such photos!

John
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello John

we would be interested in the details - but this is a tricky species and we may well need to see a specimen or perhaps a photos (no promises)

Regards

Roger
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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello John

Sorry - something wrong here - I see John O'Sullivan has seen your photo - I cannot pick it up.

Anyway, we would be delighted to have the record

Date, Site, Grid Ref, Recorder name

Regards

Roger
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JJ.



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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Rhingia rostrata Reply with quote

Hello again and many thanks for your comments.
I now have the info you requested for recording this Hoverfly (please let me know if it's incorrect).

Date: May 6th 2009
Site: Fields adjascent to Comfort Woods Cranbrook Kent.
Grid: TQ776350
Recorder: Tristan Bantock

Thanks
John.

Attached is a photo I took of 'Campestris' just to compare.
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