Chrysotoxum cautum


    Wing length 10 to 13mm. The abdominal pattern has very straight black bars which are interrupted well short of the edge. In both sexes the first antennal segment is shorter than the second and females have long dense hairs on the thoracic dorsum (as long as width of third antennal segment).

    Similar Species

    Despite being a large and boldly coloured hoverfly, care is required to separate Chrysotoxum cautum from other similar species.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassland in sunny areas, especially near to wood or scrub.

    When to see it

    April to September with a peak in late May and June.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in southern England and south Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland which is towards the northern edge of its range.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map