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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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07 July, 2010

Hoverfly (Volucella Pellucens)

So I have a soft spot for hoverflies which means that this is one of my favourite insects! This striking black and white creature is a devotee of brambles and is most often found around bramble plants, often those in clearings in woodlands and copses.

Males are very territorial and hover in the middle of their established piece of air space, often several metres above the ground.

The fly from May through to September but are at their peak in around now as the brambles come in to flower.