Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus


    Its two 'moustache' black bands on tergites 3 and 4 of its abdomen are unique. Some specimens also show white bands on the abdomen, whilst other forms are quite dark.

    Identification difficulty

    Gardens, hedgerows, parks and even woodland in sunny spots.

    When to see it

    January to December peaking in August. Numbers can be boosted by an influx of migrants.

    Life History

    The fact that it can be seen in most months of the year is no doubt in part due to it hibernating through the winter but emerging on warmer days. Numbers are also boosted by migrants.

    UK Status

    Records indicate that it may be the commonest and most widespread hoverfly in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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