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Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)


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A relatively small hoverfly (9â12 mm) of the Syrphidae family. The upper side of the abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands with secondary black bands on the 3rd and 4th dorsal plates and of faint greyish longitudinal stripes on the thorax. can be found throughout the year in various habitats, including urban gardens, visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. They often form dense migratory swarms, in Autumn. It is among the very few species of flies capable of crushing pollen grains and feeding on them. The larva is terrestrial and feeds on aphids. It mimics the solitary wasp. Picture taken at Stagsden Woods 30th July 2011.

24th Sep 2011 by Diane Earl

Biology, Environmental Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Geocode: Stagsden, Bedfordshire

hoverfly fly insect invertebrate

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