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I watched this hoverfly carefully checking and then laying an egg on the underside of a rhododendron leaf the other day. Then got a couple of shots after of it feeding on some sugar/honey syrup I'd painted on to some nearby camelia leaves before going back for some shots of the egg.
I think it's Syrphus torvus (the only Syrphus sp in the UK with hairy eyes).
I assume the egg is supposed to overwinter like that now.

Brian V.













Oct 19, 2012 at 06:29 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Hoverfly mum


She is big. And is that how she lays, on a leaf?


Oct 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Hoverfly mum


Hoverflies can overwinter as any stage in the life cycle. I don't know how much it is fixed within a species.

Harold



Oct 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Hoverfly mum


MarkB1 wrote:
She is big. And is that how she lays, on a leaf?


Thanks Mark,
She was actually on the topside of the leaf and arched her abdomen to lay on the underside of the leaf. I assume it is normal for them to only lay one egg in each location which is often the underside of a leaf or bud - similar to their spring Summer egg- laying but unlike Spring/Summer laying there were no aphids nearby.

Brian v.



Oct 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Hoverfly mum


e6filmuser wrote:
Hoverflies can overwinter as any stage in the life cycle. I don't know how much it is fixed within a species.

Harold


Thanks for the info Harold

Brian V.



Oct 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Hoverfly mum


excellent captures brian,and some great info.


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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Hoverfly mum


lovely shots


Oct 19, 2012 at 02:04 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Hoverfly mum


Fantastic set Brian.

Birdie



Oct 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Hoverfly mum


Thanks denis, michael and Birdie for the comments
Brian V.



Oct 20, 2012 at 06:51 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Hoverfly mum


Very beautiful subject Brian, and nicely detailed.


Oct 31, 2012 at 01:36 AM
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gmazza wrote:
Very beautiful subject Brian, and nicely detailed.


Thanks Gustavo
Brian v.



Oct 31, 2012 at 07:17 AM





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