Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii)

These black and yellow 'wasp' mimic hoverflies can be a problem to identify however, most have four black rings (or stripes depending on your point of view!) but this one has five so this is probably Syrphus ribesii.

To add weight to the diagnosis, Syphus ribesii is one of our most familiar hoverflies and is often abundant in gardens and hedgerows. So the odds are on S. ribesii as well as the number of stripes and it being in an appropriate habitat.

It has multiple broods and so is around most of the summer from as early April right through to November in mild autumns.

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