Xanthogramma pedissequum

    Description

    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.

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    Habitat

    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