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.
Open grassland and urban wasteland.
Found from April to November, peaking in July and August.
The larvae feed on ground-layer aphids. Migrants probably add to the British population in some years.
Common over much of Britain, though less so in the north.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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