So, here are the facts:
- This Hoverfly likes habitats such as Gardens, Parks. Woodland Edges and Rides.
- They occur on both deciduous and coniferous trees.
|Feeding on the Ivy|
- You'll find them throughout most of Britain and the UK but they are less common in the North of Scotland.
- You will see them in Spring but also, as with this one, there is a second generation in Summer into early Autumn.
- The adults as you can see in the pictures are brightly coloured and you will see them feeding on nectar from flowers when they are on the wing.
- The larvae are much harder to see, as they look like the bark of the branches of the trees on which they live.
- The larvae feed on aphids, but only at night. They rest near the colony by day using their camouflage to remain undetected.
|Couldn't get a bugs eye view but glad I got this close up!|
- This species of Hoverfly has hairy eyes which you might not be able to see as it was quite hard to get a bug's eye view.
- They have a wingspan of around 6 and a half to 9 millimetres. This is quite small for a Hoverfly.
Here are some links to some more information:
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