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Myathropa florea on leaf in Heeswijk  Geotagged,Heeswijk,Macro,Myathropa florea,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge

Myathropa florea on leaf in Heeswijk

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  1. I think you are on the right track, but with 6,000 species in 200 genera, they are not easy to ID. They normally mimic wasps and bees. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thanks for confirming at least the hover fly is probably the right family :) Posted 7 years ago
  2. Did it look like this 'pendelzweefvlieg' ? For what I can compare the legs have the same two-tone paintjob ;)
    Pendelzweefvlieg (Helophilus Pendulus) Helophilus pendulus is a European hoverfly. Its scientific name means "dangling sun-lover" (from Greek Helios, "sun", -phil, "love", Latin pend-, "hang").<br />
Dutch name is Pendelzweefvlieg. Geotagged,Helophilus Pendulus,Helophilus pendulus,Hoverflies,The Netherlands,closeup
    Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
    1. The legs do look similar, and the eyes look very similar. I'm not sure about the hair though. This one is very hairy whilst yours is all smooth. This could be a condition, gender or age issue though, I don't know. Posted 7 years ago
      1. I have found a more hairy specie which looks very similar to the one on your photo, the 'doodskopzweefvlieg' (Myathropa Florea).
        http://moremoth.blogspot.nl/2012/02/myathropa-florea.html

        I initially came across the photo on this site which is new for me but looks pretty usefull: http://jwgfotografie.blogspot.nl/p/gevleugelden.html
        Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
        1. Thank you so much Joost, I think this is an exact match.

          I have a lot of stuff to do right now, but in the future I'd like to create a single page for all identification resources. There's a lot hidden in various comments and forum posts.
          Posted 7 years ago

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''Myathropa florea'' is a very common European and North African species of hoverfly. Adults may be seen on flowers from May to September. It is of similar size as the drone fly, but living ''Myathropa'' are generally more yellow, with two light bands to the thorax, interrupted with a black central smudge. In museum specimens, any yellow colour soon fades to brown after death. Like most Eristalini, ''Myathropa'' are rather variable in size, shape and colour.

Larvae feed on bacteria in.. more

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Jun 17, 2013. Captured Jun 15, 2013 21:27 in Heibloemsedijk 20, 5473 TC Heeswijk-Dinther, The Netherlands.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/8.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO3200
  • 105mm