For the penultimate day of Pollinator Awareness Week, I am going to look at some distinctive hoverflies that you can look out for. If you put your records on iRecord then they will go to the hoverfly recording scheme and help aid conservation.
This is probably the most common hoverfly in Britain, once you get your eye in, you will see it everywhere! This hoverfly is also known as the marmalade hoverfly, probably due to its marmalade colour.
A bumblebee mimic. Note the fluffy antennae that Volucella have.
Also known as the footballer hoverfly. There are similar species though.
Note the yellow front feet
Note the dark front feet
Also known as the batman hoverfly due to the markings on the thorax
A very variable species which exhibits a number of colour forms. These colour forms are being studied at the moment.
A distinctive but uncommon species of woodland
A species that I have only ever seen on hogweed.
Also known as the bog hoverfly