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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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12 October, 2015

Hoverfly: Eupeodes corollae

Just as many of our wild flowers are coming to an end so the ivy flowers burst out. An inconspicuous flower perhaps but, nonetheless, an invaluable nectar source for late summer insects, especially bees and hoverflies. Here I found one of the wasp-mimicking hoverflies, Eupeodes corollae, taking a rest after enjoying the rewards from a newly opened Ivy blossom. 
This group of hoverflies is a tricky one and the pattern of the yellow patches on the back can be a key identifier but they can vary within the same species! In some cases the differences between species can be very small indeed, even down to the pattern of veins in the wings or the presence of hairs on the legs or even the eyes.
Eupeodes corollae is one of the most common of our hoverflies and can be abundant in some years, with migratory insects coming in from Europe. It can be found from April through to October and even in to November when conditions remain favourable although it is most common in late-summer. You can find it on flowers in gardens, fields and

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