Hoverfly: Episyrphus balteatus | Nature Notes from Dorset

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. I have heard this species referred to as the marmalade hoverfly becuase of the orange coloured background with those black lines looking a bit like peel!
It is 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, very common and you can find it on all types of flowers and in all kinds of habitat

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