Hoverfly: Sphaerophoria scripta | Nature Notes from Dorset

Thank goodness, a hoverfly species that has a clear identification feature and can hardly be mistaken for anything else! Despite the black and gold bands seen on many species Sphaerophoria scripta has a long thin abdomen that is actually longer than the wings and so, when at rest or feeding, the body protrudes beyond the wing tips.
It is very much a southern species and although it may be seen from March right through until possibly November it is most common in late summer and early autumn.

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