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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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12 July, 2010

Hoverfly (Scaeva Pyrastri)

My, what big eyes you have? In fact this hoverfly is a bit starey!

This is a hoverfly I do not have to rush off and get my book to identify. Whilst many hoverflies or wasp mimics and are yellow and black Scaeva Pyrastra is clearly black and white and the only hoverfly with these markings.

It is a relatively large and conspicuous hoverfly that can be found on flowers almost anywhere, including gardnes, on waste ground, meadows, hedgerows and woodland edges and rides.

It is quite common but its numbers are often boosted in July and August by immigration and in some years there seem to be many more than in others.