Long Hoverfly - Sphaerophoria scripta


The male is readily identifiable as its body is longer than the wings, though the pattern of black and yellow is variable with a darker form fairly frequent. Females however cannot be readily identified.

Identification difficulty

males, females


Open grassland and urban wasteland.

When to see it

Found from April to November, peaking in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on ground-layer aphids. Migrants probably add to the British population in some years.

UK Status

Common over much of Britain, though less so in the north.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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