Scaeva selenitica

    Description

    Wing length 10.5 to 12 mm. This is a large distinctive fly with three pairs of yellow comma markings (lunules) on the abdomen; these are white on Scaeva pyrastri. The commas on selenitica extend equally far forward at both the inner and outer ends.

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    Habitat

    It favours conifers.

    When to see it

    March to November peaking July and early September.

    Life History

    Adults are often seen on flowers. The larvae feed on pine aphids.

    UK Status

    Widespread but local - it is more common in southern England than elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map