Pied Hoverfly - Scaeva pyrastri


    A large and conspicuous hoverfly with pairs of upward curving creamy-white bars. Known as the Pied Hoverfly.

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    Identification difficulty

    It can be found in gardens, wasteland and meadows.

    When to see it

    May to November, peaking in August.

    Life History

    It is thought that few can survive the winter so that each year the breeding population depends on migration from mainland Europe.

    UK Status

    It is found across much of Britain though like many hoverflies it becomes rarer the further north you go.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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