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Hoverfly Common Hoverfly

Syrphus ribesii - Photo  Copyright 2005 Gary Bradley

Latin name:
Syrphus ribesii

Size: Wingspan up to 24mm

Distribution: Throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to November

Life Span: Approximately 8 months

Habitat: Parks, gardens, woods, hedgerows and meadows.

Food: Nectar, pollen and aphid honeydew. The larvae feed on aphids.

Special features: The Common hoverfly has an unmarked olive green or grey thorax. The thorax has short orange-brown hair hairs. The abdomen is yellow with black stripes. The first two long veins in the wings reach the wing margin. 

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