Hoverfly: Melanostoma scalare | Nature Notes from Dorset

I have identified this species as Melanostoma scalare but, in truth, distinguishing it from Melanostmoa mellinum is very difficult. However, as Melanostoma scalare is more common in lowland areas and mellinum more abundant in uplands and moors, I have chosen Melanostoma scalare as being the most probable choice of the two. 
Both are grassland species and can be abundant where they occur but, again, Melanostoma scalare is more inclined to woodland than Melanostoma mellinum which adds weight to my diagnosis! 

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