White-footed Hoverfly - Platycheirus albimanus

Description

This is a relatively small hoverfly with grey-silver spots, though in the male these can have a bronze tint. The 'pale foot' refers to the pale swelling in the front tibia (foot) of the male; however other Platycheirus species have this too.

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Habitat

Hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

March to November, peaking in May/early June and again in July/August.

Life History

The larvae are found on low growing bushes where they eat aphids.

UK Status

This is a common and widespread species in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map