Thick-legged Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens
Being small, this species is easy to overlook but the strange thickened rear leg make it easy to identify at close quarters.
Gardens, rough meadows and along hedgerows.
April to November, peaking in July and August.
It breeds in compost, manure and other rotting organic matter. Sometimes there are notable local population explosions, possibly due to mass emergence or perhaps migration.
Common throughout Britain though less so in northern Scotland.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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