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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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08 June, 2015

Hoverfly: Leucozona lucorum | Nature Notes from Dorset

Leucozona lucorum, is, to my eye at least, an attractive fly. It seems some people find flies repulsive and dismiss them as dirty and ugly but that is unfair. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course, but surely all living creatures should really be worthy of our respect and, in some cases, our admiration albeit based on human values!
The orange/brown thorax and two banded cream/black abdomen of this species make it readily identifiable. Add to that its preferred habitat of woodland rides and edges as well as wooded hedgerows where it feeds on pollen from spring flowers 

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