Migrant Hoverfly - Eupeodes corollae

Description

This is an attractive species, though males and females have quite different yellow markings which can be confusing! The yellow 'commas' on the male are often quadrate and frequently merge together. In the female the commas are narrower. In both sexes, the yellow commas extend to the extreme lateral margins of the tergites.

Similar Species

Eupeodes luniger has similar yellow lunules but these stop before the lateral margins of the tergites.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Patches of flowers in fields, road verges, gardens and alongside hedgerows

When to see it

March to November peaking in July and August.

Life History

This is a migratory species.

UK Status

It is a common species, its numbers in Britain often boosted by migration.

VC55 Status

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

UK Map