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This is a large and brightly marked hoverfly, with 3 pairs of wedge-shaped yellow bars and reddish-orange legs.
Prefers wet heaths, moors and woodland clearings.
Flies between May and November.
Breeds in peaty ditches and small pools.
It is found across most of the UK though it is not paticularly common.
Quite scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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