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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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25 May, 2015

Hoverfly: Xanthogramma pedissequum | Nature Notes from Dorset

This is a species that rests with its wings open which is unusual in hoverflies and it certainly helps with identification. Xanthogramma pedissequum is not a common species by any means and nor are the other two members of this genus.
These particular species are believed to lay their eggs in ants nests and so are usually found on low shrubs, such as bramble, on grassland where ants are present, especially the yellow meadow ant.

Read more: Hoverfly: Xanthogramma pedissequum | Nature Notes from Dorset