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Cheilosia illustrata

Cheilosia illustrata
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D+Battery Grip, Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 L IS USM, Kingston 16GB 266x, 67mm UV Filter-Hoya
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-16 3:38
Viewed: 1961
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hover Fly (Cheilosia illustrata)

An attractive bumble bee mimic featuring a conspicuous dark wing cloud. The body is mainly covered in very pale hairs, but usually displays a well-developed band of black hairs across the thorax, and another across tergite 3. The tip of the abdomen often has a visible covering of reddish orange hairs. The black hair bands can be much weaker on some specimens, especially males, so that entirely pale-haired forms are less-recognisable, apart from the wing cloud. There should be little chance of confusing this species with any other, though dark male Leucozona lucorum look somewhat similar because of the dark wing cloud. It is a widespread and fairly abundant midsummer species on umbellifer flowers in hedgerows and at woodland edges throughout Britain and Ireland, wherever hogweed or angelica are present.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2012-06-16 8:55]

Hello William,
thank you for posting a picture of this syrphide.
You will find only a few specimens here on the TN site.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-16 17:59]

Hello Bill,
A wonderful macro shot of this attractive hoverfly. Focus is tac sharp allowing us to view him in super fine detail and natural coloration. Great work!!

Hey willianm,

good to see a shot of yours again. Nice composition, I'd have liked to see the face more clearly, but we don't always have the choice


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