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.

It is, however, 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 common and you can find on all types of flowers and all kinds of habitat.

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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