ID Guide - Helophilus

    The hoverfly Helophilus pendulus is a common find, particularly around water or damp habitats. The black stripes on the thorax give it the common name 'The Footballer'. However, there are other hoverflies in the genus all with a stripy thorax. This page should help you to distinguish the three Helophilus species found in Leicestershire and Rutland.

     

    H. pendulus

    H. trivittatus

    H. hybridus

      Most common Larger species Least common
    Tergite pattern

    Orange-yellow

    Lemon-yellow

    Merged yellow on tergites (male only)

    Face stripe (below the antennae)

    Dark

    Pale / yellow

    Dark

    Hind tibia 

    One third dark

    Two thirds dark

    Two thirds dark

    Male/Female
    male female
    male female
    male female