Epistrophe grossulariae


A brightly banded hoverfly. The robust build and particularly straight and broad yellow bands (which extend fully to the side margins of the abdomen), combined with a rather dull thorax, create a distinctive jizz in the field.

Identification difficulty

This species can be conspicuous on the flowers of umbellifers (especially Angelica) and thistles in woodlands and wetlands in late summer. It often hovers immediately beside such flowers, and may even feed whilst hovering, which is unusual behaviour for syrphids.

When to see it

April to October peaking from June to August.

Life History

The larvae are aphidophagous and have been found on Sycamore foliage in Britain, also on Winter Wheat abroad.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in britain, particularly in northern and western areas.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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