Syrphus vitripennis


This species is very hard to distinguish from S. ribesii unless looking at the rear legs of the female: S. ribesii is all yellow whereas S. vitripennis has a black femur (top segment of leg).

Identification difficulty

Frequents a wide range of habitats.

When to see it

March to November peaking slightly in May, but most abundant in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on aphids and are considered a useful garden species for this reason. It is a noted migrant.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map