Eakring Hoverflies 2002-2010
 
  Hoverflies make an interesting subject for those wishing to try their hand at something different in natural history study. Although many species are extremely difficult to identify without the use of a microscope and scalpel, there are sufficient species presenting less of an identification challenge.

Some species (most frequently the bumblebee mimics) show considerable variation in markings, which can lead to some identification difficulties and a very common ID problem with members of the public, is to immediately categorise any yellow and black insect as a wasp. Adult hoverflies are particularly fond of nectar and certain types of flowers attract certain species of hoverflies. Hedgerows or woodland where Umbellifers grow are good places to look and Creeping Thistle is another good attraction.

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Like any group of insects, there are also some migrant species to look out for. Two regular migrant hoverflies are Episyrphus balteatus and Scaeva pyrastri. The former of these two, often arrives in vast numbers which supplement the resident population. It is by far the commonest species likely to be encountered at any location in Nottinghamshire.

However, whilst sifting through the large numbers of balteatus, one can find some truly fabulous looking hoverflies. Selected species include the strikingly marked Chrysotoxum festivum, Dasysyrphus pinastri and the scarce Leucozona glaucia, which is one of the few hoverflies to show a blue colouration.

All of these three have yet to occur in the Eakring area, but have been found at other sites visited in Nottinghamshire.

 

Hoverfly fact file

  • Hoverflies belong to the order Diptera (Flies) family Syrphidae.
  • The current UK list contains just over 275 species and there are several regular migrants
  • Adult hoverflies are particularly fond of nectar and regularly visiting flowers. Umbellifers are a particular attraction to many species
  • Hoverfly larvae live in a range of habitats, including stagnant water, manure heaps and the nests of bees and wasps
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Eakring and Kersall hoverfly species list, their current area status and records

The identification of the area's hoverflies began in late 2005 when we started to photograph an increasing array of insects and wildlife. Although at that time, the desire to put a name to any particular species was little more than a casual one, our interest in hoverflies deepened over the ensuing Winter. After purchasing Stubbs and Falk's book British Hoverflies, the identification of species then became much easier. The following list contains

  • species (with links to images)
  • year of original identification/sighting
  • present area status
  • species records
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Bacchini            
Baccha elongata   2006   Scarce and obviously overlooked    
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Melanostoma scalare   2006   Very common   2007 records Numerous adults at Hare Hill Wood, 07/04/07 2008 records Common at Eakring Meadows and other sites, 15/05/08
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Platycheirus clypeatus   2006   Common   2008 records Several adults at Eakring Flash, 11/10/08
 
Syrphini            
Chrysotoxum bicinctum   2009   Scarce   2009 records An adult at Lound Wood, 19/07/09
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Dasysyrphus albostriatus   2006   Scarce   2006 records An adult at Penny Pasture Common 29/07/06
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Dasysyrphus tricinctus   2006   Uncommon    
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Epistrophe elegans   2006   Common    
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Epistrophe grossulariae   2006   Common where it occurs    
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Episyrphus balteatus   2002   Abundant   2007 records Adult in Lound Wood, 08/03/07; Common everywhere 28/06/07 2008 records Four at Hare Hill Wood 08/06/08 2009 records Immensely common throughout the area, with hundreds around sections of old hedgerows at Eakring Flash and along Lound Wood 25/07/09
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Eupeodes corollae   2006   Common, but easily overlooked amongst similarly marked species   2007 records Adult along southern-edge of Hare Hill Wood, 24/03/07, Adult along edge of Hare Hill Wood, 28/04/07
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Eupeodes luniger   2006   Scarce, with Lound Wood and probably Hare Hill Wood being the most regular sites   2007 records Two adults at Hare Hill Wood, 19/04/07 2008 records Several adults at Eakring Meadows and one at Tug Bridge Farm 15/05/08
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Leucozona lucorum   2005   Common. Lound Wood and along the old hedge at Eakring Flash being guaranteed sites   2007 records Adult at Red Hill, 26/04/07 2008 records Adult at Lound Wood 15/05/08; Adult near Kersall 08/06/08
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Melangyna umbellatarum   2007   Scarce, with one record.   2007 records Adult at Eakring Meadows, 12/05/07
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Meliscaeva auricollis   2006   Common   2007 records Common along edges of Hare Hill Wood, 28/04/07 2008 records Common at Eakring Flash, 11/05/08; Abundant at Eakring Meadows 15/05/08
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Scaeva pyrastri   2006   Migrant. Became increasingly regular during July 2006   2006 records One at Red Hill 26/07/06 2009 records One near Eakring Flash 25/07/09
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Sphaerophoria scripta   2005   Common    
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Sphaerophoria interrupta   2006   Very common    
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Syrphus ribesii   2004   Common   2007 records Several adults at Hare Hill Wood, 07/04/07 2008 records Adults common in most areas, 10/05/08
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Syrphus vitripennis   2006   Common   2008 records Adult at Hare Hill Wood, 14/03/08; Numerous at Lound Wood 15/05/08
 
Cheilosiini            
Cheilosia grossa   2007   Common    
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Cheilosia illustrata   2006   Common   2007 records Adult at Hare Hill Wood 28/04/07 2008 records Adult at Lound Wood 15/05/08; Adults common at all sites on Hogweed 08/06/08
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Ferdinandea cuprea   2006   One record   2006 records An adult at Eakring Meadows 27/07/06
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Rhingia campestris   2006   Common   2007 records Several adults along edge of Hare Hill Wood, 19/04/07 2008 records Several adults at Eakring Flash, 11/05/08; Eight at Lound Wood 15/05/08
 
Eristalini            
Eristalis horticola   2006   Scarce    
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Eristalis interruptus   2006   Common   2007 records Adult at Eakring Meadows, 02/05/07 2008 records Adult at Lound Wood 15/05/08; Four at Hare Hill Wood 08/06/08
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Eristalis intricarius   2006   Scarce    
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Eristalis pertinax   2007   Very common/abundant   2007 records Adults abundant at Hare Hill Wood, 06/05/07 2008 records Adult at Hare Hill Wood, 09/02/08. 2009 records Five at Lound Wood, 19/07/09
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Eristalis tenax   2005   Very common/abundant   2007 records Adult along southern-edge of Hare Hill Wood, 02/03/07; Two adults at Hare Hill Wood 14/03/07 2008 records Adult at Hare Hill Wood, 09/02/08; Two adults at Hare Hill Wood, 14/03/08; Numerous at Hare Hill Wood 08/06/08 2009 records Adult at Eakring Flash 29/03/09. 2009 records Two adults at Lound Wood, 19/07/09
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Helophilus hybridus   2007   One record   2007 records Adult at Eakring Meadows 05/08/07
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Helophilus pendulus   2005   Common   2007 records Numerous adults along edge of Hare Hill Wood, 19/04/07; 100+ at Eakring Meadows 05/08/07 2008 records Adult at Eakring Flash, 11/05/08; Adult at Eakring Meadows 15/05/08; Three at Hare Hill Wood 08/06/08
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Helophilus trivittatus   2006   Scarce   2007 records Two adults at Eakring Flash 28/06/07; Three at Eakring Meadows 05/08/07
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Parhelophilus frutetorum   2006   Common   2007 records Several adults at Eakring Flash 28/06/07
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Myathropa florea   2006   Scarce   2007 records Numerous adults at Hare Hill Wood, 06/05/07 2008 records Two adults at Hare Hill Wood 08/06/08. 2009 records An adult at Lound Wood, 19/07/09
 
Volucellini            
Volucella bombylans   2006   Common   2007 records Three adults at Lound Wood 28/06/07 2008 records Adult at Hare Hill Wood 08/06/08
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Volucella pellucens   2006   Common   2007 records Several adults in the Lound Wood and Eakring Flash area 28/06/07; Adult at Eakring Meadows 05/08/07 2008 records Two adults at Hare Hill Wood 08/06/08. 2009 records Two adults at Lound Wood, 19/07/09
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Volucella inanis   2006   One record from Eakring Meadows in 2006    
 
Xylotini
Syritta pipiens   2006   Very common    
 
 
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