Gallery - Hoverflies
Could be ribesii, torvus or vitripennis. .
Impressive Wasp Mimic Hoverfly of damp habitats
Most frequent in damp places
A European species of hoverfly. Adults feed on nectar; larvae feed on aphids and scale insects
Eupeodes corollae is a very common European species of hoverfly.
A European species of hoverfly. They can complete a full life cycle in as little as sixteen days, and a maximum of nine generations may occur in a single year
Named for its resemblance to the Drones of some races of huney bees, very common in gardens.Lava is rat-tailed magot living in stagnant water.
Resembles a brightly marked Dronefly.
Pale lunules on abdomen white or cream and almost constant width.
Distinctive body pattern and dark smudge on wing readily distinguish it from other yellow and black species.
Smaller version of Zonaira
bombylans is a very variable species mimicking several kinds of bumble bees.
At almost 2cm long the Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (also known as the 'Belted Hoverfly') is the largest in Britain. As its name suggests, this fly is an excellent mimic of the Hornet but is harmless. Only a very rare visitor to the country up to the 1940s, in recent years it has become more common in southern England and is still spreading northwards, perhaps as a result of the warmer climate. The adults are migratory and the larvae live inside wasp's nests.
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