Leucozona lucorum

Description

A striking hoverfly with a white band across the upper abdomen and black wing patches that align with the black abdominal band. In the male, the white band on tergite 2 can often be darker. Both sexes have an obvious yellow-orange scutellum that immediately distinguishes this species from Volucella pellucens, the only other similar hoverfly.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Lush herbaceous vegetation in damp woodland and well wooded areas.

When to see it

May to August peaking in May and June. It is seen mainly in the spring as it suns on vegetation.

Life History

Rare fresh specimens in August indicate a partial second brood.

UK Status

A common hoverfly throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Species group:
Hoverflies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Syrphidae
Records on NatureSpot:
226
First record:
11/05/1992 (John Mousley)
Last record:
17/06/2023 (Pochin, Christine)

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