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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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03 August, 2015

Hoverfly: Epistrophe grossulariae | Nature Notes from Dorset

Epistrophe grossulariae is a wasp-mimic hoverfly that can present a headache for the amateur naturalist!  There are several similar species and it is one reason why a camera is a great aid to identification. Once you have a photograph they can then fly away and it does not matter! This one needed some real time spent pondering the books at home. In the end those parallel and even spaced black lines on yellow clinched it for me. I later had it confirmed by posy=ting the photograph on the wonderful Ispot website run by the Open University. 
I found this one by chance along the path from Ringstead to Osmington as it lapped up the last of the sun's warmth before it set beyond Portland. Just as the book says, it was along a woodland edge but near umbel flowers. This is a local species and it was certainly a new find to me. 

Read more: Hoverfly: Epistrophe grossulariae | Nature Notes from Dorset