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Gallery - Hoverflies

[syrphussp1]Syrphus sp.

Could be ribesii, torvus or vitripennis. .

[boghoverfly1]Bog Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis)

Impressive Wasp Mimic Hoverfly of damp habitats

[commontigerhoverfly1]Common Tiger Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)

Most frequent in damp places

[eupeodeslalifasciatus1]Eupeodes Lalifasciatus

A European species of hoverfly. Adults feed on nectar; larvae feed on aphids and scale insects

[eupeodescorollae3]Eupeodes Corollae

Eupeodes corollae is a very common European species of hoverfly.

[sphaerophoriscripta1]Sphaerophoria Scripta

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

[piedhover2]Pied Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens)


[dronef2]Drone-fly (Eristalis tenax)

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.

[myathropaflorea1]Myathropa florea

Resembles a brightly marked Dronefly.

[hoverfly2]Scaeva pyrastri

Pale lunules on abdomen white or cream and almost constant width.

[xanth2]Xanthogramma pedissequum

Distinctive body pattern and dark smudge on wing readily distinguish it from other yellow and black species.

[volucellainanis1]Volucella inanis

Smaller version of Zonaira

[vbombylans2]Volucella bombylans

bombylans is a very variable species mimicking several kinds of bumble bees.

[hornetmimichoverfly1]Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella Zonaria)

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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