Pied Hoverfly - Scaeva pyrastri

Description

A large and conspicuous hoverfly with pairs of upward curving creamy-white bars. Known as the Pied Hoverfly.

Similar Species

Dasysyrphus venustus

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Habitat

It can be found in gardens, wasteland and meadows.

When to see it

May to November, peaking in August.

Life History

It is thought that few can survive the winter so that each year the breeding population depends on migration from mainland Europe.

UK Status

It is found across much of Britain though like many hoverflies it becomes rarer the further north you go.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map