The Footballer - Helophilus pendulus

Alt Name
Footballer Hoverfly

This hoverfly is sometimes called 'The Footballer' due to its stripy thorax. There are in fact several species with similar stripes which are difficult to tell apart. Another name is 'The Sunfly' due to its preference for bright sunny days. In this species the black on the hind tibia is restricted to the distal third and the mid tibia is all yellow.

Similar Species
Photo ID?

Around muddy puddles, wet ditches and ponds, but also in most sunny situations along roadsides, field margins, etc.

When to see it

April to November, very common from June to August with a peak in July.

Life History

Larvae have been found in farmyard drains, very wet manure, and very wet sawdust.

UK Status

A common hoverfly and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map