Brachypalpoides lentus

Description

A very attractive hoverfly with a deep crimson band occupying most of the abdomen

Similar Species

Xylota segnis is superficially similar but is somewhat smaller with a less striking orange band on the abdomen and partially pale legs.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Favouring old woodland and is quite shade-loving.

When to see it
Life History

The larvae develop in the rotting heartwood of species such as Oak and Beech.

UK Status

Widespread though localised in Britain.

VC55 Status

Seems to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland

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Species profile

Species group:
Hoverflies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Syrphidae
Records on NatureSpot:
3
First record:
03/06/2017 (Smith, Peter)
Last record:
26/05/2023 (Harding, Ian)

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