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Friday, September 17, 2010


GRAEME STROUD WRITES: Does anyone know what type of fly this is? I don’t remember seeing one before, certainly not all this year, but at lunchtime today I saw two. They are elongated, about 15mm long, with a metallic gold thorax. They can hover like a hoverfly, and the abdomen shows metallic purplish-blue, although that is not noticeable when at rest.

1 comment:

Lars Thomas said...

It is a hoverfly of some kind - there are several hundreds of them. I am not an expert in hoverflies, but I know someone who is. If you send me a copy of the photo in the best version you got, he might be able to identify it.