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hover fly

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hover fly

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1. (Animals) any dipterous fly of the family Syrphidae, with a typically hovering flight, esp Syrphus ribesii, which mimics a wasp
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coccinellid beetle (Coccinella septumpunctata [Linnaeus]), common green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea [Stephens]), hover fly (Eupeodes confrater [Wiedemann]) and bigeyed bug (Geocoris ochropterus [Fieber]) were not so severely affected in the treated and control fields and no statistical differences noted in their densities.
Andy Littlewood, of Poultney Road, Radford, Coventry, took the picture (right) of "some kind of hover fly on goat willow catkin".
He has already produced a non-airborne prototype that mimics the wing beats of a hover fly.
Several of the photos depict endangered species, such as the yellow-lipped ladies' tresses orchid, and the northern harrier, but even more stunning is the close-up of a hover fly on a balloon flower.
Perversely, moths seem to avoid them, leaving the big yellow flowers to earwigs and hover fly species.
The mother hover fly is especially attracted, before laying her mass of eggs, on French marigolds (Tagates) and the true marigold (Calendula officinalis), whose lovely petals can also be used to decorate salads.
Quickly I call my two sons over to see a 1/2" hover fly, suspended in mid-air.
Right, the bridge over the River Wear at Biddick, Washington, was captured by Trevor Hall NATURAL TALENT Left, Tony Scott snapped this hover fly at Tranwell ponds near Morpeth, Northumberland.
In my own gardens this summer, I have watched an unidentified true bug bring eggplant flea beetles under control and hover fly larvae rip through aphid colonies--the stuff of science fiction movies.
INSECTS: There are 553 species of insect, including 93 different types of hover fly - that's nearly half the varieties in Britain; 53 species of bee plus 13 types of wasp that have never before been recorded in the UK.