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This scarce species is very similar in appearance to other members of the Eupeodes genus, and we must thank Steve Falk who identified the insects in two Sapcote photographs as Eupeodes bucculatus. It is a species where expert confirmation of identification should always be sought.
Found in woodland and on various flowers beside hedgerows.
April to October peaking July/August
Records from Sheffield indicate that it has been reared from amongst aphids on Foxglove.
Scarce with the few British records clustered around south-east England the Severn estuary and Sheffield areas.
Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Sapcote record may be the first for Leicestershire and Rutland, we are not aware of any others at present.
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