Melangyna umbellatarum


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

    Identification difficulty

    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

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

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