White-footed Hoverfly - Platycheirus albimanus


    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

    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.

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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