Myathropa florea

    Description

    This hoverfly has bold yellow and black markings. The pattern of grey spots and bars on the thoracic dorsum, together with yellow body hairs help to identify the species.

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    Habitat

    Well wooded areas and favouring large umbel flowers and often seen at Ivy flowers in late summer.

    When to see it

    May to October peaking July/August.

    Life History

    Larvae occur in rot holes or cavities of decaying leaves amongst roots at the base of trees.

    UK Status

    Widespread and often common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map