Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Hoverfly identification

With a bit of weekend sunshine it brought out a late bloomimg of a Rock Rose which we have had in the garden for years. Normally it is one of the first summer bloomers but if you cut it back it quickly regenerates and has another go at flowering if the weather is ok.
Just about every single flower housed one of these Hoverfly.

Whilst trying to identify it, which I believe to be, Eupeodes Latifasciatus,(don't mind being corrected) I found out how to establish that it is indeed a Hoverfly and not a Bee-Fly or Thick Headed Fly. One of the methods is to identify that it has a particular vein which peters out in the wing, rather than ending at another vein or edge as identified with arrow.

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