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Hoverfly on Oak Leaf

A hoverfly, probably Syrphus vitripennis (Diptera: Syrphidae).  The fact that there is a noticable gap between the eyes indicates that this is probably a female, and the females of S. vitripennis have rear femurs that are mostly dark, while in the similar S. ribesii their rear femurs are all yellow.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-09-06.

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