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Very similar to other Syrphus species and is best identified by the presence of hairs on the eyes.
Found in gardens, hedgerows, waste ground and many other habitats.
March to November - It is often the earliest Syrphus species to emerge in the spring, has a peak in April with a second peak in July and is sometimes one of the commoner hoverflies in autumn, having a third peak in October.
Fairly frequent throughout Britain.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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