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NORWICH: Lakenham Way basking insects

30th April 2019

With periodic sunny spells, I have been stopping at certain points on my way to or from work where there are patches of leaves that attract basking insects. I've seen some interesting species, including some I've never encountered before, although quite a few have only been identifiable to genus level. One of these was a Brachyopa hoverfly, a scarce genus usually associated with sap runs but identified by examining the shape of a tiny pit on the inside of the antennae.

 Anthomyia fly, possibly A. procellaris
 Unidentified sawfly sp
 Speckled Wood
Brachyopa sp, probably B. scutellaris

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