Melangyna quadrimaculata

Description

The males are unusual in having only four spots on the abdomen (hence the scientific name), this together with long pale hairs on both the thorasic dorsum and pale yellow scutellum are identifying features. The eyes are also very hairy. Females are distinct in being entirely black with a shape and venation that quickly separates them from spring-flying Cheilosia or Pipiza.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Found on Willow and Hazel catkins and on Blackthorn blossom.

When to see it

A spring species seen from February to June and peaking in April.

Life History

The larvae are predacious on adelgids on firs.

UK Status

Scarce but widely distributed throughout the British Isles.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Species group:
Hoverflies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Syrphidae
Records on NatureSpot:
2
First record:
21/03/2011 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
27/04/2015 (Calow, Graham)

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