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Carder bee mimic fly
Carder bee mimic fly 31 December 2017

One of my favourite hoverflies is the superb carder bee mimic Arctophila (now placed in Sericomyia but I much prefer this name!) superbiens. It is also associated with one of my favourite flowers the beautiful violet-blue devils-bit scabious which flowers in profusion in the bogs of Dartmoor. The flower and fly remind me of lovely September days of late summer warmth.

I always look forward to seeing this hoverfly and this year I spent many hours on Dartmoor looking for the elusive bog hoverfly Eristalis cryptarum which in the UK is a Dartmoor speciality so I planned to spend some time watching Arctophila as well. It turned out to be an exceptional year for this fly.