Classification Order: Diptera true flies Family: Syrphidae
Phenology Flies late in the season, peaking in September
A large bumblebee mimici cWings have dark wing shades and the genus is actually closely related to Sericomyia
Resembles the pale 'oxycanthae' form of Criorhina berberina ( in contrast peaks in Spring)
This attractive hoverfly inhabits the margins and clearings of wet acidic woodland, particularly in the north and west of Britain, and the larvae are presumed to develop in wet peat or shallow peaty pools like those of Sericomyia. Adults are usually seen visiting the flowers of Devil's-bit Scabious IT strongly mimics in appearance the paler Bombus pascuorum.