Parhelophilus frutetorum

Description

There are three very similar Parhelophilus species, all are compact and brightly coloured hoverflies, well covered in yellow hairs. Separation of the species needs careful and close examination.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Particularly alongside ponds and ditches.

When to see it

April to October, peaking in June.

Life History

The larvae have been found in the leaf shields of Bulrush.

UK Status

It is widespread in southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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