Melangyna umbellatarum

Description

A small, narrowly built hoverfly with pairs of creamy-white spots.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Usually seen around umbellifers such as Hogweed.

When to see it

It is found from April to November, peaking in August.

Life History

It breeds on umbellifers where its larvae predate aphids.

UK Status

It is a widespread species in Britain but isn't commonly found north of Yorkshire.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

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