Parhelophilus frutetorum


    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

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map