I came across this black and yellow marked hoverfly as it was licking the surface of a leaf near a local pond. It was so intent on what it was doing it didn’t appear bothered by me at all as I closed in to get these photos of it. It can grow up to 11mm in length, and as a gardener’s friend the larvae feed on aphids.
It is one of Britain’s most common and widespread species of hoverfly. Found in meadows, verges, hedgerows and gardens.
Photographs taken July 2015, local pond, Staffordshire.