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Narrow-Waisted Hoverfly

Hoverfly Baccha elongata (Diptera: Syrphidae). 

This female was searching through a patch of nettles apparently looking for aphids; whenever it found some, it would settle on the leaf or stem near them and bend down its abdomen, presumably lay an egg.  When the eggs hatch out they will be sure to find aphids to eat nearby.

Photos taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-31.

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