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#1 2014-08-21 18:46:22

Jim Jobe
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Name: Jim Jobe
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Hoverfly

Can anyone suggest the identity of this hoverfly from the pictures I have been sent please? The legs colours don't seem to match any ideas I have had.


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#2 2014-08-22 21:15:51

pbrighto
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Re: Hoverfly

This one seems to have everyone baffled - certainly including me.  The scutellum seems to be blackish like the thorax indicating Bacchini - but then the triangular shape of the spots on T3 and T4 is unusual for species with yellow spots.  Could it be male albimanus with the bronze not showing up very well in the photo?  The spots can be "dull yellowish" according to Stubbs and Falk.

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#3 2014-08-22 21:38:27

oxycera
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Name: John Coldwell
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Re: Hoverfly

Meligramma trianguliferum, perhaps, with the scutellum unusually dark?

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#4 2014-08-22 21:38:33

Jim Jobe
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Re: Hoverfly

Thanks Phil - the forelegs seem to be too light though?

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#5 2014-08-22 22:59:15

Jim Jobe
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Re: Hoverfly

That's what I though John. There's what looks suspiciously like a black spot at the corner of the scutellum in the second photo.

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