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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 August, 2010

Hoverfly (Eristalis horticola)

The Eristalis genus of hoverfly are both generally common and very similar. Any flower of the carrot or daisy families are liable to be playing host to them and often the best way to identify them is to get a photograph and take a close look when you get home!

It took me a fair while to come down on the side of Eristalis horticola and I may still be wrong. However, my book says that horticola is a brighter colour than most of the family and that is true of this insect here. In addition, black 'shadows' on the wings are a feature and it is smaller than most similar species. It is also quite common here in the south.

Taking all those things in to account then Eristalis horticola would seem to fit but if anyone thinks otherwise I would really like to know.