Helophilus hybridus

    Description

    Wing length 8.5 to 11.25 mm. In size and general appearance this species is similar to H. pendulus. The male is usually distinctive in having continuously broad yellow sides to tergites 2 and 3, whereas there is a dividing black bar near the posterior edge of tergite 2 in the female, and in both sexes of H. pendulus. The hind tibia of H. hybridus normally has the distal 2/3 black.

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    Habitat

    Around pond and ditch margins where the water is shallow, and submerged grass grows on the blackish mud.

    When to see it

    April to October with a peak in July and August.

    Life History

    Larvae have been observed feeding in the decaying rhizomes of Bulrush.

    UK Status

    Widespread but sometimes local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Local in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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