Hoverfly: Platycheirus scutatus | Nature Notes from Dorset

Platycheirus scutatus is another tiny species of hoverfly that seems little more than a speck on spring flowers such as daisy and dandelion. This is an abundant species found almost everywhere there is low vegetation such as a woodland edge, an area of scrub or perhaps garden shrubs.
It is as common as its cousin Platycheirus albimanus and found in similar habitat but scutatus has yellow spots on the abdomen whereas albimanus has grey spots. There are a couple of other closely related species which are much rarer

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