Thick-legged Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens


    Being small, this species is easy to overlook but the strange thickened rear leg make it easy to identify at close quarters.

    Identification difficulty

    Gardens, rough meadows and along hedgerows.

    When to see it

    April to November, peaking in July and August.

    Life History

    It breeds in compost, manure and other rotting organic matter. Sometimes there are notable local population explosions, possibly due to mass emergence or perhaps migration.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain though less so in northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map