Syrphus ribesii

Description

 A common hoverfly with yellow 'moustache' bands on a black abdomen. The female has an all-yellow hind femur.

Similar Species

This species is almost identical to Syrphus vitripennis (Lesser Banded Hoverfly) except the female's hind femur (top part of leg) is yellow rather than black. Both sexes of S. ribesii have the basal cells of the wings covered in microtrichia (tiny hairs) which are lacking in S. vitripennis.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Found in gardens, hedgerows, waste ground and many other habitats.

When to see it

It can be found from March to November with peaks in late May/early June and again in July to September.

Life History

Males often create a 'hum' by vibrating their wings when resting and this sound is often a familiar background noise in woodland during the summer. It is multiple brooded.

UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Species group:
Hoverflies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Syrphidae
Records on NatureSpot:
219
First record:
02/07/1989 (Maggie Frankum;Neil Frankum)
Last record:
08/07/2024 (Higgott, Mike)

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