Chequered Hoverfly - Melanostoma scalare


    The males have longer, thinner bodies than females, with lozenge-shaped yellow spots compared to the triangular spots in females. Both sexes have largely yellow antennae.

    Identification difficulty

    Lush herbage in well wooded areas and even gardens.

    When to see it

    April to November peaking at the end of May and in August.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map