29 April 2011

Bumblebee mimic at Crymlyn Bog

Eristalis intricarius
 Following on from Martyn's very nice posting below I came across this nice bumblebee mimic at Crymlyn Bog yesterday. I've attempted to identify it from the photos and Eristalis intricarius seems to fit nicely. Certainly the habitat is good and the stripey legs and wing pattern seem to rule out other confusion species.

Other stuff from Crymlyn Bog yesterday included good mixture of Dragonflies and Damselflies. Variable Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser and Broad-bodied Chaser all noted. Not bad but, not as good as Paul Roberts find, a male Vagrant Emperor at Llanilid not far from our area. A few of these have been seen recently and a photo another male Vagrant Emperor was posted on the Pembrokeshire Birds Blog following a couple of sightings there. To view this distinctive dragonfly follow the link below

male Vagrant Emperor photo

Please keep an eye out for this dragonfly as there seem to be good numbers of this rare migrant in the British Isles currently.

1 comment:

Martyn Hnatiuk said...

Looks good to me. Very important in photographing from all angles if possible with hoverflies. Particularly for the leg colour, wing venation & eye/face shape.