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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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22 June, 2015

Hoverfly: Leucozona laternaria | Nature Notes from Dorset

This rather smart little hoverfly, Leucozona laternaria, is like its cousins in the Leucozona family and is a species of woodlands. It frequents woodland rides in mid-summer feasting on pollen from umbellifer flowers such as hogweed and wild angelica. 
This species is quite similar to Leucozona glauca and is found in similar habitat and glauca is, perhaps, more common on the western side of England. There are differences between the two but you need a good reference book if you want to make any progress with hoverflies

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