Platycheirus manicatus


This species has a less shiny thorax than other Platycheirus species and with large, rounded yellow spots on the abdomen.

Similar Species

There are several similar hoverflies with yellow spots so care is needed to note their shape and size.

Identification difficulty

Dry open grassland, and even in gardens.

When to see it

April to November peaking in June.

UK Status

Widespread and common throughout Britain..

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map