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The hoverfly season is now in full swing with new species appearing almost daily.  This is a female Xanthogramma pedissequum (Diptera: Syrphidae).  I did glimpse one of these on each of my two previous walks around the lakes, but this was the first I managed to photograph this year.

However, I did photograph a male of this species last September; see here.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-31.

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