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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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27 July, 2015

Hoverfly: Epistrophe nitidicollis | Nature Notes from Dorset

The yellow/orang and black hoverflies that mimic wasps are really difficult to identify. I am lucky enough to have the definitive guide to hoverflies as I have a real fondness for them (it takes all sorts!) and there are some thirty or so similar species. This species is, as far as I can tell from the pattern of the markings on the thorax, Epistrophe nitidicollis.  
This specimen was by a woodland path in Thorncombe Wood near Hardy's Cottage at Bockhampton. It was sat on a tree leaf and, lo and behold, my book says that woodland rides and coppice glades in spring provide the best conditions for seeing them. This is a fairly local species in the south, flies from April to August but peaks in May. I saw several of them in quite a small area.

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