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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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14 September, 2015

Hoverfly: Myathropa florea

If you can, try and take a close look at the pattern on the thorax of this hoverfly, Myathropa florea; my book describes it as being like the Batman logo and when I looked again after reading that I could clearly see it! As a result there should be no mistaking this species when nectaring on a late summer plant.
The larvae of Myathropa florea are known as the rat-tailed maggot! They are very common in anything that holds water, even plastic containers such as watering cans. It is, actually, a woodland breeding species but in late summer they are happy to spread out and find suitable breeding water anywhere they can. A widespread and abundant species

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