A late Eupeodes hoverfly visited a garden Gentian in my west Lancing garden.
21 November 2006
A Marmalade Hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus, was spotted on a remaining Greater Knapweed flower on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill.
A half a dozen of these small hoverflies were spotted in the copse at the top of Mill Hill. I did not realise at the time that they were Marmalade Hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus. They were smaller than normal.
A single hoverfly Rhingia campestris landed on a dead leaf on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
A medium-sized hoverfly visited a Dandelion near Cuckoo's Corner. It had white vertical stripes on its dark brown thorax and a black and yellow patterned abdomen, so it could be Helophilus sp? but the image was not clear or large enough to be sure of the species.
In the sunshine (with strong shadows as the sun was low in the sky), I noticed in passing the occasional Marmalade Hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus and Drone Flies Eristalis mostly in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road and on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill. Myathropa florea was noticed in the latter location. Two Greater Knapweed flowers on the path verges attracted one hoverfly which looked very much like a Rhingia, but it flew off too quickly to be sure. This location was next to wear the horse dung is usually piled up, but it was missing this year and there was only one horse in the field.
There were occasional Marmalade Hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus and Drone Flies Eristalis on the wasteland just outside of Shoreham town, notably the verges of the the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
There was a hoverfly Rhingia campestris, seen on the Buddleia leaf near next to the cyclepath north of the Cement Works.
The Ivy in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road was covered in flying insects including at least two Volucella zonaria hoverflies, occasional Myathropa florea hoverflies, frequent Drone Flies Eristalis hoverflies, and one or two Eupeodes ? species of hoverflies.
A Volucella zonaria was spotted on the Ivy in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road with Myathropa florea (Occ), Marmalade Hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus (Occ), Drone Flies Eristalis (Freq). There was a Helophilus pendulus hoverfly in a field to the west of Spring Dyke by the Steyning Road.
The scarce hoverfly Rhingia rostrata was seen and photographed at Woods Mill, Small Dole.
One of the spectacular hoverflies Volucella zonaria actually landed on my bicycle tyre as I was wheeled my bike up the Pixie Path to Mill Hill.
One of the larger orange Volucella hoverflies flew into a spider's orb web in the Hawthorn scrub in the north-west of Mill Hill. When I got closer, it broke free and flew off rapidly. Hoverflies were not being noted but Episyrphus balteatus was common, the small Sphaerophoria scripta frequent, and the widespread Myathropa florea noticed occasionally every day.
The first of the spectacular hoverflies Volucella zonaria of the year was spotted on the south side Buckingham Cutting. Episyrphus balteatus were present in scores, Sphaerophoria scripta and Syrphus, but these are common and expected and I did not make notes.
This hoverfly can be recognised in flight by the the yellow stripes on the side of its thorax. It hovered in mid-air frequently.
(ID to species not confirmed)
Hovering was spasmotic and not distinctive, with more flitting about than hovering. Note the wing position.
the verges of the Waterworks Road, two
small and distinctive flying insects were seen, the first one (left above)
near where the private road meets the Steyning Road, and the second wasp
(above right) on the path next to Frampton's Field just east of the Butterfly
Adur Bees & Wasps
hoverfly, the bumblebee mimic Volucella
bombylans var. plumata
was quickly spotted at the western entrance to the Field Maple spinney
the Maple Spinney) footpath between the Waterworks
Road and the Steyning Road.
& 27 June 2006
This hoverfly was seen hovering in the Slonk Hill Cutting mixed meadow, and it would not keep still long enough for a decent photograph. I have identified it as Xanthogramma pedissequum.
Volucella bombylans var. plumata was recorded in the scrub in the north-west part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve. Marmalade Hoverflies, Episyrphus balteatus, were seen frequently. On the south side of the Slonk Hill Cutting there was small yellow-orange hoverfly that would not keep still long enough for a photograph.
The hoverfly Rhingia campestris fed on Greater Knapweed on the middle Triangle area of Mill Hill.
The bumblebee mimic Volucella bombylans var. bombylans with an orange tail was seen along the path that is becoming overgrown with Dogwood in parts in the north-west part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve.
There were hoverflies including Volucella bombylans var. plumata and Myathropa florea in the Butterfly Copse (TQ 209 063) near the Waterworks Road.
The hoverfly Merodon equestris was present on the path on the south side of the Slonk Hill Cutting. The hoverfly Volucella bombylans var. bombylans was the only thing of interest in the hopelessly overgrown entrance to Spring Dyke from the Steyning Road.
A Merodon equestris hoverfly landed repeatedly on the the Pixie Path.
The wasp mimic is a hoverfly, a species of Chrysotoxum in the dense meadows north-west of the upper car park on Mill Hill.
The hoverfly Myathropa florea was present in the Butterfly Copse (by the Waterworks Road) as is usual every year.
This small hoverfly was recorded on the western part of Anchor Bottom, near Dacre Gardens. It looks like Melanostoma scalare.
Two firsts of the year were recorded, one of my favourites, despite being common, Myathropa florea, because of its epistrophic behaviour, in a north Shoreham garden, and the attractive Leucozona lucorum on the Pixie Path.
Late in the afternoon the small hoverfly on the right was seen on Alexanders on the Waterworks Road (Old Shoreham).
This is a common species found in gardens.
photographic study shows the Rhingia
hoverflies in a north Shoreham
The first one is visiting the Spotted Deadnettle,
maculatum, and its long tongue is visible.
Rhingia campestris Study
At the top of The Drive, hoverflies were frequent including the first Helophilus pendulus of the year. Syrphus hoverflies seem to come in two different sizes, small (these are probably Eupeodes [=Metasyrphus]) and medium. Eristalis tenax were occasionally seen.
were two small species that have not yet been identified to genus level.
one in the photographs above are under identification investigation. I
am beginning with the Platycheirus
genus. My determination was the species Platycheirus
scutatus. The consensus
is that it was Platycheirus albimanus.
It is a species very frequently seen. Note that the antennae
are black in this small hoverfly. The
is dark brown/black
This is a Platycheirus scutatus, almost certainly sensu stricto (as opposed to P. splendidus etc). It was quite common at Poverty Bottom, Sussex.
Rhingia were present but not as many as the dozen or so in a north Shoreham garden visiting Spotted Deadnettle, Lamium maculatum (pic).
|Other garden species included at least one Eristalis and a definite Rhingia, distinguished by its snout. There was also one of the small hoverflies seen two days ago, possibly a Platycheirus.|
Lancing Hoverflies Database Records (by Ray Hamblett)
Lancing Flies (Diptera) Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
UK Hoverflies Discussion Group
Hoverfly Recording Scheme
Hoverflies of the UK
Hoverflies (Syrphidae), tribe Volucellini
The World of Syrphidae
(Keith Edkins) thumbnails
Small Hoverflies (thumbnails)
More Hoverfly Thumbnails
Hoverflies of Lancing
Bees & Wasps