DESCRIPTION: A typical hoverfly with a yellow and black striped abdomen and bronze-green thorax that can take a while to fully get to grips with. Black antennae, and the neat, almost parallel yellow bands on tergites 3 and 4 that reach the front edge are key ID factors. 2 median greyish stripes on the throrax can be also seen from the right angle. BEHAVIOUR: A busy feeding species particularly fond of Hogweed and other flat-topped flowers. DISTRIBUTION: Extremely common throughout. HABITAT: Woodland rides, parks and gardens. PERIOD: May to October.
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