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A fairly small hoverfly with a wing length of 6.5 to 8.5 mm. The marks on tergites 3 and 4 are usually fused into bands in this species. There is some variation, and males differ from females. The yellow marks on tergites 3 and 4 often fail to reach the lateral margins in males, and in the females this yellow band is often pinched at the lateral margin, so that only about a quarter of it remains yellow.
Open habitats, and with a preference for damp meadows and lush vegetation, but can be found in gardens.
March to October peaking in August
Fairly widespread in Britain, but more frequent in the south. It is scarce in some years but quite common in others.
Fairly frequent at times in Leicestershire and Rutland
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