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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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17 August, 2015

Hoverfly: Rhingia campestris | Nature Notes from Dorset

I make no secret of my interest in hoverflies and here I bring you Rhingia campestris. It is a common hoverfly and quite easy to identify partly because of its plump orange/brown body but mainly because it has a longish 'snout' which is quite unique to this species and its less common but close cousin, Rhingia rostrata. It looks quite an evil insect capable of inflicting a painful bite but it is, as with all hoverflies, totally harmless. 
This is a very common, but often overlooked insect flying from April to November and especially noticeable towards the end of the season as other species dwindle in numbers. You can find it along woodland rides and in hedgerows, its long snout making it particularly adapted to feeding on various flowers,

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