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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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20 April, 2015

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! 

Read more: Hoverfly: Melanostoma scalare | Nature Notes from Dorset