Classification Order: Diptera true flies Family: Syriphidae
Wing Length . 10 to 13mm.
Phenology April to September with a peak in late May and June.
CAUTION should be applied in distingusiheing from others in the genus This is a notably large Hoverfly Abdominal banding has very straight black bars which are interrupted well short of the edge. In both sexes the first antennal segment is shorter than the second Females have long dense hairs on the thoracic dorsum (as long as width of third antennal segment).
Habitat Sunny Grassland especially near to wood or scrub.
IMAGE WITH THANKS (C) DAVID ILLIF 2007