Anyway, its really pretty especially on these flowers, so I looked it up and this is what I found out:
- It may be a scarce species of hoverfly, more common in the north and west of the country.
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- When you do see it it's likely to be along woodland rides, places where there is a break in the woodland and lots of flowers grow for it to feed on. I saw this in Silton Forest on a path exactly like this.
- A number of sites say it is widespread but quite local - so there are little pockets of them all over the country.
- The edges of woodland seem to be what it prefers not only for the flowers but also for the shade.
- Their larvae feed on aphids on the ground, so gardeners like Dad like these insects. The adulta are good pollinators too.
- Adults feed on nectar on umbeliferous plants like Hogweed and Angelica.
- You will most likely see it between July and August but it has been seen between May and October.
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- Not sure about this species but some hoverflies can fly at up to 40km and hour.
- While they look like stinging insects they are harmless and have no sting - they rely on mimicing wasps and bees for protection.
- They are true flies and only have one set of wings - bees and wasps have two.
- They only live for a few weeks as adults.
So If you want to find out more try these sites
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