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  1. Paul Iddon

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    I believe this is my first record of this hoverfly. Eristalis inticaria female. (The furry hoverfly).

    According to Nature Spot, this large hoverfly is unlike the other UK Eristalis species in being a furry bumble bee mimic. (The males are dark with a reddish-brown tail) whilst the female (seen here) has a white tail and is somewhat larger.

    Nature Spot also says this species always has a yellow scutellum.

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    Nice set Paul. I particularly like the second one with its great angle on the fly and the flower, and the whites being a bit more tamed.

    Very interesting to have the background information too.
     
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    Cheers Nick - you know I often wonder how many times a may have seen one of these, thinking it was a white-tailed bumble instead...

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    Well done Paul on getting it. Interesting info.
     
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    Cheers Chris. Nice to get something a little more unusual :)

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    Nice shots Paul
    I found the really difficult as they shoot off randomly and rapidly I shot a pair mating which seemed like an attempt at capture as the fewl off together I had to chase them
     
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    One thing I have noticed is that hovers often return to the same or a similar place when disturbed. Certainly to the same shrub or bush, on many occasions.

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    Yeah true but these seem more erratic IMO

    One of them mating https://flic.kr/p/HTRDM7
     
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    That's nature suppose. Good job we humans are more forgiving lol....

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