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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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21 July, 2010

Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii)

These black and yellow 'wasp' mimic hoverflies can be a problem to identify however, most have four black rings (or stripes depending on your point of view!) but this one has five so this is probably Syrphus ribesii.

To add weight to the diagnosis, Syphus ribesii is one of our most familiar hoverflies and is often abundant in gardens and hedgerows. So the odds are on S. ribesii as well as the number of stripes and it being in an appropriate habitat.

It has multiple broods and so is around most of the summer from as early April right through to November in mild autumns.