Inticancha Imala with Marmalade Fly

I bought this Peruvian lily at my last visit to the local garden centre. It's a beauty and was attracting a hover fly this morning in the still air. I thought this was a small wasp but on checking, that is not the case. Hover flies are true flies with only one pair of wings, while wasps and bees have two pairs. Indeed, I've identified this as the Marmalade Fly - one of the most common hover flies in gardens. The distinctive double stripes on the abdomen identify the species. I found all this out at an excellent well illustrated microscopy website.

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