Possible Xylota sylvarum and Conops flavipes for id?

Submitted by Nick Woods on

Hi I wonder if anyone could confirm these ids?  Both seen at in gardens /woodland edge at Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset on 10th July 2023.  Many thanks - Nick Woods


The Conops certainly looks like flavipes. And the last photo looks OK for X. sylvarum (black distal half to hind tibia). The other three photos might be X. xanthocnema, but sylvarum sometimes has the black on the hind tibia obscured by golden hairs, so it's not always easy from photos. Wait for a second opinion from a more experienced hover nerd.