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Hoverfly: Platycheirus albimanus

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Hoverfly: Platycheirus albimanus

Spring is the peak time of year for dandelion and daisy flowers and it seems that in spring nearly every dandelion has a small, dark coloured insect feeding on it. Closer inspection shows these to be hoverflies, many of them this species, Platycheirus albimanus.

This is one of our most numerous hoverflies and it occurs throughout the British Isles and will be found along woodland rides and margins, hedgerows and in gardens. Because it is so small and almost insignificant it is just not really noticed by anyone other than the enthusiast. It is also one of a range of similar species and identification can be difficult without actually catching a specimen and examining it under a microscope. I cannot bring myself to do that so if I have wrongly identified this species I apologise.

Platycheirus albimanus occurs all through the spring and summer months but is especially numerous and, therefore, most conspicuous in late April and early May.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 5 months ago

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