Hoverfly larva with aphid prey

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Hoverfly larva with aphid prey

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Found this hoverfly larva busy sucking the life out of an aphid near the top of a bamboo cane. larva about 8.5mm body length. They often seem to rear up like this with an aphid prey - suspect it's to stop the aphid walking off.
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WOW! Brian......................talk about ....JAWS!!....

What a brilliant set recording our violent miniature world:

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sonyalpha wrote:WOW! Brian......................talk about ....JAWS!!....

What a brilliant set recording our violent miniature world:

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Thanks SA :)
One of the reasons the smaller hoverflies are good for the garden :)
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Very interesting captures Brian, excellent work!

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Post by Harold Gough »

Inspiring, in more ways than one - I have decided it is about time I could name a few more species and have ordered this book:

http://www.hoverfly.org.uk/viewtopic.ph ... 17de9a2066

If the book helps with this species I will post a name.

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Thanks John and Harold for looking and commenting :)
Harold - not sure how easy it would be to ID them from a book but would be interested how it works out.
Always suprises me how few shots of them you see on forums unless I'm the only one that likes photographing them :)
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LordV wrote:not sure how easy it would be to ID them from a book but would be interested how it works out.

At least I will have spent only about £15 on one of the two copies available from Amazon UK, the other being a "Collectors" at over £58. :)
LordV wrote:Always suprises me how few shots of them you see on forums unless I'm the only one that likes photographing them :)
Probably because they are less conspicuous that most other insects. As with many things, one you know what to look for, and where and when to look, you tend to find more, except, that is, when you are desperate for a particular shot! I would give Protura as a prime example, springtails slightly less so, of such absence/rarity from image search results.

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Sensational series, love it!

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Joaquim F. wrote:Sensational series, love it!

greetings
Thanks Joaquim :)
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Harold Gough wrote:If the book helps with this species I will post a name.
It did, together with some more image searching. I cannot be sure, but I think it is the white form (mentioned in the book) of the larva of Syrphus ribesii

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Harold Gough wrote:
Harold Gough wrote:If the book helps with this species I will post a name.
It did, together with some more image searching. I cannot be sure, but I think it is the white form (mentioned in the book) of the larva of Syrphus ribesii

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Thanks Harold for the info :)
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