White-footed Hoverfly - Platycheirus albimanus

    Description

    This is a relatively small hoverfly with grey-silver spots, though in the male these can have a bronze tint. The 'pale foot' refers to the pale swelling in the front tibia (foot) of the male; however other Platycheirus species have this too.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hedgerows and gardens.

    When to see it

    March to November, peaking in May/early June and again in July/August.

    Life History

    The larvae are found on low growing bushes where they eat aphids.

    UK Status

    This is a common and widespread species in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

     

    UK Map