Melangyna cincta


The only narrow-bodied hoverfly with parallel yellow bands on tergites 3 and 4, which also has triangular spots on tergite 2.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and well wooded areas.

When to see it

It can be found from April until November but with numbers peaking in May.

Life History

Larvae have been found in association with the aphid Phyllaphis fagi on Beech, and also on Oak, Sycamore and Lime.

UK Status

Frequent and widespread woodland species in Britain with most records coming from England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent, but it is perhaps slightly less common in Leicestershire and Rutland than in some other areas.

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

UK Map