Myathropa florea


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.

Photo ID?

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