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

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Species group:
Hoverflies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Syrphidae
Records on NatureSpot:
239
First record:
02/07/1989 (Maggie Frankum;Neil Frankum)
Last record:
14/06/2024 (Dejardin, Andrew)

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