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Syrphus torvus

The genus Syrphus is comprised of, among others, three look-a-like species. Telling apart Syrphus torvus, S. ribesii en S. vitripennis can be troublesome at times. Yet it is not always impossible. Syrphus torvus, below to your left, for instance is the only one having hairy eyes. This is quite visible in males, females are less obvious, so you probably have to catch them and look into their eyes from various angles. Syrphus torvus likes woodlands and the fringes of woods, and may appear in great numbers. It is a well known migrating species. On the wing from March to September. Extremely common species in Europe, Asia and Northern America.