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Hoverfly: Episyrphus balteatus

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Hoverfly: Episyrphus balteatus

There can be few more distinctive hoverflies than Episyrphus balteatus because the thick and thin pairs of black lines on the abdomen are quite unique. I have heard this species referred to as the marmalade hoverfly becuase of the orange coloured background with those black lines looking a bit like peel!

It is a small, slender insect and one you might not even take a second look at unless you are really keen! Not only is it distinctive, it is also very, very common and you can find it on all types of flowers and in all kinds of habitat and can be very common in gardens. 

It is believed to hibernate and so can occur at any time of year if mild, sunny days occur in late autumn, early spring, or even in winter. There is also evidence to suggest that numbers in mid to late summer are boosted by significant numbers of inward migrants from Europe.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 1 year 11 months ago

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