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.

Photo ID?

Gardens, rough meadows and along hedgerows.

When to see it

April to November, peaking in July and August.

Life History

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.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain though less so in northern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map