Hoverfly (Volucella Pellucens)

So I have a soft spot for hoverflies which means that this is one of my favourite insects! This striking black and white creature is a devotee of brambles and is most often found around bramble plants, often those in clearings in woodlands and copses.

Males are very territorial and hover in the middle of their established piece of air space, often several metres above the ground.

The fly from May through to September but are at their peak in around now as the brambles come in to flower.

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