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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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13 July, 2015

Hoverfly: Meliscaeva auricollis | Nature Notes from Dorset

This little hoverfly, Meliscaeva auricollis, looks almost as though the abdomen is made of glass! As with some other species it took the camera to produce an image large enough for me to get an identification and this photograph reveals a central grey line running down the abdomen with the black markings making triangular shapes either side of the central line - that is enough to be able to put a name to it.
It can be seen almost any time throughout the year depending on the weather but, as with many insects, the numbers peak in late summer when umbel flowers such as hogweed and angelica are at their best.

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