Hoverfly: Platycheirus granditarsus | Nature Notes from Dorset

Hoverflies come in all sorts of guises, some mimic wasps, some bees, some quite slim, even very small, and others much bigger and chunkier. One thing that instantly distinguishes them, of course, is their incredible ability to hover and to fly at exceptional speeds - nought to gone in less than a second!
You often do not get much to go on when identifying them, the designs on their body being the usual feature but unless they are perched on a leaf or taking nectar from a flower they can be difficult to get a close view of. To actually distinguish between some species you need a microscopic examination!

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