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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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01 June, 2015

Hoverfly: Sphaerophoria scripta | Nature Notes from Dorset

Thank goodness, a hoverfly species that has a clear identification feature and can hardly be mistaken for anything else! Despite the black and gold bands seen on many species Sphaerophoria scripta has a long thin abdomen that is actually longer than the wings and so, when at rest or feeding, the body protrudes beyond the wing tips.
It is very much a southern species and although it may be seen from March right through until possibly November it is most common in late summer and early autumn.

Read more: Hoverfly: Sphaerophoria scripta | Nature Notes from Dorset