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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 (Metesyrphus luniger)

This hoverfly is predominantly black with comma like yellow markings on the abdomen. It could be one of three very similar species but Metesyrphus luniger is the most common and so I expect it will be that through sheer force of numbers.

Common in the summer in open places such as meadows and verges it also inhabits gardens which is where I photographed this one.

This is a migratory species and some years it can be more common than others and I would venture a guess that this is a good year for incoming insects here as there have been a few of these in the garden recently.

We recognise the wonders of bird migration and tend to forget that even small insects migrate too. Quite remarkable really that an insect no more than half an inch long can fly across the English channel from Normandy to Dorset!