Chrysotoxum festivum - Chrysotoxum festivum

Description

A very boldly marked, medium-sized hoverfly.   It is always worth checking this species for the dark form of the much rarer C.elegans or the even rarer C. vernale. There is also a very rare species of southern heathland, C. vernale, which resembles a small C. festivum with the yellow bars of the tergites much straighter. 

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Habitat

Tall grassland and open scrub. Adults visit a variety of flowers, but especially umbellifers and thistles.

When to see it

Late May to the end of August.

Life History

The larvae are probably associated with ant-attended root aphids.

UK Status

Frequent in  in southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map