Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus

Description

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.

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Habitat

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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Species profile

Common names
Marmalade Hoverfly
Species group:
Hoverflies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Syrphidae
Records on NatureSpot:
1067
First record:
02/07/1989 (Maggie Frankum;Neil Frankum)
Last record:
03/11/2023 (Edwards, Jo)

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