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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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28 September, 2015

Hoverfly: Merodon equestris

Some hoverflies are so good at mimicking bees and wasps they can really throw you of the scent! I spent quite a while trying to identify this thinking it was a bumblebee and in the end, the experts on the I-spot website solved it for me. This is Merodon equestris, a species is so good at being a bee mimic that various colourings emerge, each resembling different bees. 
This particular species is also known as the narcissus fly because it lays its eggs in daffodil bulbs where the larvae develop. As a result, this is a species seen often in spring and quite often in gardens. It is thought that the species first came to this country in daffodil bulbs imported from Europe towards the end of the 19th century when gardening was

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