Xanthogramma pedissequum


Quite a distinctive hoverfly, Xanthogramma pedissequum is best distinguished from the similar X. citrofasciatum by the dumpy appearance of the yellow triangles on tergite 2.

Photo ID?

Grassland and open woodland rides preferring short turf and some bare ground such as pathways.

When to see it

May to September peaking in late June and early July.

Life History

Males are sometimes seen hovering just a few centimetres above the ground, particularly over bare ground like paths. The larvae feed on aphids within the nests of ants.

UK Status

The species is quite frequent in southern England south of a line from 'The Wash' to the south Wales coast.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map