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