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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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04 May, 2015

Hoverfly: Platycheirus scutatus | Nature Notes from Dorset

Platycheirus scutatus is another tiny species of hoverfly that seems little more than a speck on spring flowers such as daisy and dandelion. This is an abundant species found almost everywhere there is low vegetation such as a woodland edge, an area of scrub or perhaps garden shrubs.
It is as common as its cousin Platycheirus albimanus and found in similar habitat but scutatus has yellow spots on the abdomen whereas albimanus has grey spots. There are a couple of other closely related species which are much rarer

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